SERIOUS NEWS: Olive Branch Intermediate School has at least one bullying situation that has not been addressed or resolved. One frustrated parent is at the end of their rope with the situation and the school’s lack of help. DeSoto County Schools claims to have a zero tolerance policy for bullying, but as with most things at DCS, it is more talk than show. The principal has been made aware of this situation. The bullying has been going on for 2-3 months now. The principal told the parent, “This is the age of the gangster and rap lifestyle”! Before you assume you know the race or gender of the children involved, don’t assume because most likely you would be wrong. Things came to a head recently when the bully told the victim, “If I had a knife, I would stab you to death”! Keep in mind, this school is 4th and 5th graders. With no assistance from the school, the parent was forced to file a police report. The police came to the school and took the bully into custody. Shortly after their release, the bully’s parent returned the child to school. The bully came back to school laughing about the situation as though it were all one big joke. The victim has been left feeling alone and very depressed. The victim, 11 years old, is now telling family members that he/she want to committ suicide. The parent is a single parent and is incredibly worried about the safety of the child. It is my opinion that zero tolerance should mean exactly that….ZERO TOLERANCE!! Suspension or expulsion is usually the consequence for these actions. It was brought to my attention that the parent may or may not have been given the option to have their child, the victim, transferred out to another school. How does this fix anything?! You get rid of the victim and leave the bully there to then go onto another helpless child. I understand we are talking about 11 and 12 year olds, but I say enough is enough. If something was to happen to the victim, what responsibility or liability would the school have for blatantly ignoring the situation due to this being the “norm”?! Of course I am sure the county office will claim ignorance of the situation existing, but what do you expect when your Superintendent spends all of their time lobbying in Jackson instead of doing what he was elected to do…RUN THE SCHOOLS!!! I would love to hear from you about this situation or any other situation like it going on in DeSoto County or in any other school. DeSoto County Reform will stay on top of this situation until a TRUE resolution has been achieved!!