A Virginia mother is fighting back after her son, Dominic, was reportedly terrorized and assaulted by bullies.
“He’s coming home with bruises, beat up, scared to go to school,” said Chrissie Lanier.
Lanier fears for 12-year-old Dominic’s safety every time she drops him off at Northside Middle School in Norfolk on her way to work. Her worst fears came true on May 3 when her son was punched in the mouth by another student.
“My son’s lips was stuck to his braces from somebody punching him,” she said.
Dominic said he was walking down the hallway when a student struck him in the back of the head and punched him in the mouth. Dominic says he did not fight back.
“These kids at school think they’re all that and try to bully the ones who can’t defend themselves all the time,” he said. “It just don’t make sense. It’s just straight up mean.”
In November 2015, Dominic was allegedly smacked in the face by a different student. When Lanier complained to school officials, nothing happened.
“They didn’t protect my son and I want something to be done about it, not just for him, but any other student that is being bullied.”
When WAVY reached out to Norfolk Public Schools on March 4, the representative declined to comment, saying student disciplinary matters were not allowed to be discussed with the media.
A spokesperson for the school said the district takes a strong stance against bullying and mentioned several anti-bullying guidelines in place.
Dominic did not attend school on May 4.
“I’m too scared to go back,” he said.
“Why should my son have to miss out on his education because of someone else’s child? Why should he have to look over his shoulder? It’s not right,” Lanier said.
According to DoSomething.org, more than 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying each year and 160,000 of teens skip school every day because of bullying. The anti-bullying organization also estimates one-fourth of teachers in the U.S. see nothing wrong with bullying and will only arbitrate 4 percent of the time.