A Phoenix man is picketing a local high school after his daughter was choked unconscious by bullies (video below).
Markus Hines is marching in front of Betty Fairfax High School in Phoenix, Arizona, holding a sign about bullying after he claims his daughter was choked unconscious by two bullies at the school.
According to KNXV, Hines claims that his daughter confronted the students who had cyber-bullied her, and that's when the ordeal became physical, leading to a fight which landed his daughter unconscious on the ground.
“... I just wouldn't want another parent to go through this,” said Hines.
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Since then, Hines has been walking Baseline Road next to the school with a sign that reads, “My daughter was bullied at Fairfax.”
“I felt like this was the best thing that I could do to do to spark some conversation. I wanted parents with the kids driving up to see me and maybe there's another kid that's getting a ride with their parents that's getting bullied,” said Hines.
The students who attacked Hines' daughter have been suspended. A spokesperson for the school released a statement:
While we are not allowed to comment on specific student behavior or discipline cases, Phoenix Union and all Arizona schools take allegations of bullying very seriously. According to state statute and policy, students, parents and staff at the start of each school year are instructed to report any bullying to school officials. Any staff member who becomes aware of or suspects that a student is experiencing bullying must immediately notify administration. Each allegation is investigated, and discipline and/or interventions and counseling are administered. A school can only act upon bullying when it becomes aware, or is notified of such activity.
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Hines’ daughter went back to school, but he says she had to leave early after some students gave her a hard time about the incident.