Parents of a teenager in Danville, California, who was filmed while urinating by another student want the high school she attends to apply more punishment than what was given to the alleged bully.
Denise Lynch's 16-year-old daughter attends San Ramon Valley High School. The student was filmed urinating in a bathroom stall at the school by a 17-year-old girl, who then posted the video to social media, the Associated Press reports.
The girl admitted to filming the 16-year-old and posting the video to Instagram. She was arrested and received a three-day suspension.
But, according to the East Bay Times, the alleged bully, who is a star athlete at the high school, was allowed to stay on her team and participate in a championship game.
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Denise wants San Ramon Valley Unified School District to do more to punish the girl, because her daughter has been adversely affected by the incident -- her grades have dropped and eating patterns changed.
"My daughter is suffering," Denise said in a speech to the school district. "I don’t know how much more I need to tell you, that the sheer presence of this individual who committed this unspeakable crime towards her … every single day she’s on campus brings up unnecessary feelings for her that she’s reliving this over and over and over again."
Sean Lynch, the 16-year-old's father and a former police lieutenant, said that if the crime had been committed in a public space, the perpetrator would have been sent to jail. The individual may even have to register as a sex offender.
"Had my daughter not told us … or God forbid killed herself, everyone would be asking themselves 'What more could have been done?' Now is the time to do something," Sean said.
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"When it is reported to you, you do nothing, you minimize it, you sweep it under the rug," Denise said to school board members, according to the AP.
The video was posted on Instagram in April, but it was filmed in November 2016 by a cell phone that was placed under a bathroom stall. The footage, according to the East Bay Times, clearly shows the teen's face as she pulls down her pants.
"Don’t you dare say s*** about me and my friend's back again," the post said. “Hope you enjoy the skittles c*** waffle."
The Lynchs found out about the video when pounds of Skittles candies were scattered on their front lawn as a prank.
Elizabeth Graswich, a San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokeswoman, said that the district "is committed to protecting students and has a policy in place that prohibits bullying of any student or employee. [In general,] the district uses progressive discipline, meaning that the type of discipline may in part depend on a student’s past behavioral history. We are also increasingly using restorative practices when possible."
The 17-year-old was cited for invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor offense, Danville police spokesman Geoff Gilette said, according to the AP. The case will be reviewed by the Contra Costa County Juvenile Probation Department.
The Lynchs want more action from the school.
"This is a school district and school administration doing the exact opposite of what school leaders should be doing," Sean said. "Our anti-bullying policies, are they window dressing or supposed to mean something?"