Families Against Bullying, Birdville Independent School District
Birdville Independependent School District
Haltom City, TX 76117

Haltom Middle School Assault

Texas Bully Laws

BISD

http://www.birdvilleschools.net
DFW Stand for the Silent / Hosted by Families Against Bullying
<--Stand for the Silent Vigil
August 2010
Joshua, TX

Photo / Memorial Table Courtesy of Debbie Lance

The Pledge:
Stand for the Silent, Oklahoma City Upward Bound Students
"From this day forward I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody, and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hand that leads another back to a path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up these victims, and show them that their life matters. I will be the change, because I am somebody."

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"During the last session of the Legislature, more than ten bills were filed to reduce school bullying.  Unfortunately, none of them received sufficient support for debate by the full Senate, so I did not have the opportunity to vote on them.  This is clearly a growing problem in our state and region.  Recent news articles concern me greatly, and I appreciate your advocacy on behalf of our students.  As we prepare for the next session, which convenes in January 2011, I will closely review related state law with your comments in mind. " Senator Jane Nelson
Texas
April 26, 2010

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11/14/2010 Below are some documents surrounding the incident of assault of my son @ Haltom Middle School (Haltom City, Texas - Birdville Independent School District). 

This incident covers the last part of his story of 7th grade year.  The child who did this to him had, on numerous occasions, assaulted and harassed my son throughout the school year. 

All incidents were reported by either by my son or myself.  All incidents were ignored.  When this incident was ignored, I (on my son's behalf) decided staff and administration needed to stop ignoring these issues. 

We started by going to the press and the internet, today the school district is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education and under review of the Texas Education Commissioner.  I share these documents in hopes they may help one of you. 

There are a lot of legal references, if they benefit you- please take them and use them as your own.  Please contact me, via the 'Contact Us' page if I can clarify anything or help in another way. This is not a complete list of correspondence, more will follow.

Sincerely,
Christine Jackson

Birdville Independent School District Grievance Form This is a printable form for the purpose of filing grievance when you have exhausted all efforts, for relief of any problem, at your child's school.  Complete the form and submit it (in person) to Student Services: Birdville Independent School District
6125 East Belknap
Haltom City, TX 76117.  Grievance proceedings will follow. [.pdf file]

Sample Level I Grievance Appeal Letter This is an example of an appeal letter used in the Birdville Independent School District grievance proceedings. [web page]

Sample Level II Grievance Appeal Letter This is an example of an appeal letter used in the Birdville Independent School District grievance proceedings. [web page]

US Department of Education - OCR:
Announcement of Investigation of Birdville Independent School District/ Haltom Middle School Assault [.pdf file]

Sample Request for Appeal to Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Birdville Independent School District Board of Trustees decision of Grievance Sample, request must have similar format to this for Office of Appeals to consider. [web page]

Request for Texas State Board of Education Review of Educator's Certification Sample, request must have similar format to this for SBEC to consider. [web page]

Texas Education Agency:
Correspondence surrounding the proceedings held by the Texas Commissioner of Education Re: Birdville Indpendent School District / Haltom Middle School Assault[.pdf file]

Haltom City Police Department: Re: Birdville Indpendent School District / Haltom Middle School Assault[.pdf file]

Families Against Bullying
Part of the Solution- Not the Problem

Families Against Bullying, Birdville Independent School District

Very Concerned Parent

by Christine Jackson on 10/22/11

Please comment if you have any advise to share with this mom & her daughter.

Inquiry:

From: *****@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:51 AM
To: NorthTexasFAB@gmail.com
Subject: Very concerned parent

Hi I have a problem with the school my daughter is attending and the way
they are addressing the situation there. My daughter is a sophomore at the
Miles ISD, she has came out n said she is interested in girls. Well there is
another girl attending the same school and she is dating my daughter . The
problem is the girls mother and brother(who is attending the same school)
does not accept the sexuality of her daughter. We have had encounters with
the mother and the brother at my home and at school as well. Bad thing is my
daughter is blamed and is made to adjust her ways of being at school because
the brother has an anger problem that is hard to control. There has been
incidents reported to the sheriffs office,principal,teachers and
superintendent also and as always my daughter is the one asked to change her
seating arrangement or what bathroom to go to just to please the brothers
likings... There is a lot more to this and I need help ! I'm afraid that
because of everything that they put my daughter through ,she might end up
being another case that could've been prevented . The reason I see the
school does more for the girls family requests and not the safety of my
daughter is because they're well known athletes !! Please I'm begging for
someone to listen or help against this principal and school district! Thank
u !
Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

 

Response:

Hi, I am sorry to hear of your daughter's problems. This surely is unjust
treatment.

Please know this is no kind of professional advise, just coming from one
mother to another... All I can do is provide outlets of formal complaints
to correct the behavior of the school administrators in future cases and
make suggestions as to what I would to for my child.

Firstly, I would remove my child from the situation. Especially if you are
afraid for her emotional well being.

Secondly, your daughter's CIVIL RIGHTS are being violated. This is a
federal offense. She is being discriminated against on the basis of sex.
These are very serious violations, I (and many other parents) have had
success filing complaints with the Office of Civil Rights (US Department of
Education) and with the Texas Office of Civil Rights. These complaints
require little effort on your part and will ultimately result in federal
and/or state investigation of your daughter's school.
Before filing complaints, it is highly recommended that you exhaust all
lower efforts for resolution-- meaning filing a formal complaint with the
school district and following all procedures set forth by the school
district. (this is sometimes the more difficult part).

US Dept of Civil Rights (website where one can file a complaint):
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

Texas Office of Civil Rights (website where one can file a complaint):
http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/aboutHHS/CivilRights.shtml

Miles ISD Superintendent (whom you should contact to launch a formal
complaint): Superintendent - Robert Gibson email: robert.gibson@netxv.net

*** When filing formal complaints (even at the level of the school district)
it is essential to be as thorough and detail oriented as possible... leave
no circumstance unstated!

*** Also, please know when you decide to proceed with this- you are
initializing precedence for future children who may experience what your
daughter is going through... I cannot express enough how important your
decision may be for both your daughter and other kiddos.

Please let me know if this helps?

In love,

Christine Jackson
www.FamiliesAgainstBullying.org




-----Original Message-----

Take a Stand, Take the Pledge, Share the Pledge

by Christine Jackson on 11/30/10

Source: Stand for the Silent, Oklahoma City

The Pledge:

"From this day forward I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody, and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hand that leads another back to a path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up these victims, and show them that their life matters. I will be the change, because I am somebody."

 

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by Christine Jackson on 11/30/10

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Collaboration Please, You ARE Somebody...You CAN make a difference

by Christine Jackson on 11/14/10

To: Our Beloved Community

From: Christine, Joe & Families Against Bullying

In the recent months past we have found so much inspiration in you.  We have inspired some of you.  Truth be told, TOGETHER we are making a phenomenal impact both locally and globally.  Thank you. 

Many times, many of you have offered your help.  I am writing tonight to ask something of you. It is time to step our cause up a notch.  A big boost in publicity is afoot.  In the past, we (Families Against Bullying) have not been prepared for this...when publicity happens, website traffic goes through the roof.  This time, the impact is going to be happening at a higher level than it has before.  We want to be prepared.  In the coming weeks, will each of you please consider contributing to our website?

Each of us has unique narratives surrounding one very serious issue.  We want more than your narrative for our visitors, we want our visitors to leave our site inspired and empowered. Let's share our tragedies, our triumph, our insight and our experience.

Regardless of where we are in our individual journeys, our journey is one.  Will you please reach into your soul, reach into your child's soul and share some content for us to post on our website?  All types of submission are welcome - i.e. video, audio, written content, photos, song, art.  Please include in your submissions

1) why our cause means so much to you;

2) what you are doing to drive change and

3) the results and the reactions from your communities (the good, the bad and the ugly) you have seen from your work

This will be a tribute to what has been, what is and what is to come.  Will you please embrace this day to share what you have to our audience who is seeking guidance? All of your submissions will be published with credit to you. 

I am also piecing together a "how to" segment of the website. A step-by-step guide for parents to deal with higher level administration within school districts; interpreting law and achieving school / district investigation from State and Federal agencies when school staff refuse to acknowledge their responsibilities to the safety and education to our children.  Unfortunately, I have knowledge limited only to Texas and the United states.  I will study and collaborate with other states, but I am only one person.  If any of you have knowledge on this process  in your state (and in some cases your country), will you please share what you know in the format of an easy-to-read outline with links where the reader can render forms and / or procedures necessary for filing complaints and petitions? 

With more gratitude than I can express and never ending love,

Christine Jackson

http://www.FamiliesAgainstBullying.org/

24-Hour Bully Stake-Out

by Christine Jackson on 09/01/10

24-Hour Bully Stake-Out
By Kelly Karius & Ron Graham

When: 11/9/10
Where: on the world wide web

We’re pleased to be involved with the first-ever 24-Hour Bully Stake-Out! It’s a sort of vigil combined with an information festival, with its goal being nothing less than the end of bullying (like this Web site!), and will be held mostly on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

Facebook url: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/ron.graham?v=wall&story_fbid=115207201866729&ref=notif&notif_t=share_reply

On that date, thousands of people will share resource information for bullying victims, their friends, parents, educators, and anyone else interested. We’ll also share our experiences with bullying situations, and we are inviting artists of all kinds to share their gifts with the cause. Authors will unveil original short works related to bullying; musicians will point us to their encouraging songs, and so on!

The event was organized three days ago, and in that time we’ve added the following participants:

    * DJ Fatha Ramzee (shown above) will prepare an original mix-CD for sale!

Short writings are being prepared by

    * Christian fiction writer Dimple Suit
    * Children’s author T. S. Bradshaw, based on her characters, the Goodees
    * Humorist Kellie Ketcham
    * Fantasy writer and poet Nobius Black
    * TV news reporter and children’s author Debra Steele

A painting has been donated by Lulu Kelly as a prize! Not sure how we’ll do that for an online celebration, but there’ll be a way. And all this has happened in three days!

Vital Statistics

    * held Tuesday, November 9, 2010, midnight, to Wednesday, November 10, midnight
    * held principally on Facebook, Twitter (with hashtags TBD), and probably YouTube, but any and all social media tools are welcome

How to Join In

    * you may work with us directly, or with anyone else who works with us – it’s the Internet so you should expect some chaos!
    * if you do join in, we recommend you throw in your talents where you can: sing, play, write, draw, pray, organize, interview, encourage – let us know what you can do!
    * and we recommend you let us know on the blog or Facebook page, so that others who wish to work with YOU can find you!

Mission

    * to let bullying victims know thousands of people are on their side
    * to give caring people as many ways as possible to reach out to bullying victims
    * to give caring people as many sources of information as they could ever need
    * to pull everyone we can away from sadness and quiet desperation
    * to give as many people as possible a chance to be a hero to someone

Products

    * “special guests” offering original creative works throughout the BSO to share and sell
    * “sponsors,” keepers of information for victims, parents, teachers, managers, counselors, etc. to share and sell
    * testimonies, from victims willing to speak up either by name or anonymously
    * blogs, including the Bully Outreach Project, acting as the “official blog” for the event – even though everything posted there will be OK for anyone to copy
    * Facebook pages, including the the Bully Stake-Out Fan Page, acting as a sort of Grand Central Station for info to share online
    * to do all this through the power of social media

DO join us, won’t you?

October Families Against Bullying Events

by Christine Jackson on 09/01/10

October is going to be a very busy month for us!  Please consider joining for one or all of these events which will raise awareness of what/how folks can prevent bullying and deal with it when it does happen!

10/3/10 Apprecilove Tribute Day, The Colony TX specific location TBA Hosted by Debbie & Jason Lance in conjunction with SISFI.org

This event will be both a memorial and educational event. As we gather together on this very special day, to pay honor and tribute to the victims and people who have been and are affected by the impacts and effects of abuse and bullying in our world, we ask that you take a moment to reflect on these things in our own lives.  Non profits, counselors and other community partners will be in attendance ready to help and visit with those who want it!

10/9/10 The Bully Suicide Project Rally and Walk-A-Thon, Dallas TX

Details TBA, for more info now, or to register, email Beaux @ bwellborn@campusharmonyinc.com

10/23/10 Out of the Darkness Walk, Plano TX Hosted by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Oak Point Park, Plano TX

Please come walk with Team Montana. Walk starts @ 11 am, check-in starts @ 8:30 am.  If you are unable to attend, please consider donating by visiting the Team Montana page @ http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=1019&participantID=118069

 

 

Stand for the Silent Vigil 8/24/10

by Christine Jackson on 09/01/10

Thank you all who attended the 1st Annual Stand for the Silent vigil DFW.  It was such a wonderful event.  This event was held in conjunction with several other organizations world wide.  The event took place at the same place / same time world wide. 

Please check our Calendar Page for upcoming posts sharing news / film coverage.

Very Special thank you's to Arlington ACA Optimist Club for your candle donation (500 candles!!!); Jason & Debbie Lance for mc'ing the event and providing an excellent sound system; Jason Kelly for your live music; Debbie Lance for your diligent work on our angels' portraits & stories; the Lances, the Carmichaels and the Laylands for your ongoing support of our remembering your children and the active efforts toward prevention of more loss; and last (but not least) our community press partners Dallas News 11, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Texas Monthly. 

 

Stand for the Silent - Candle Light Vigil: Fort Worth, TX / Oklahoma City Oklahoma

by Christine Jackson on 07/28/10

8/24/2010 7:00 p.m.
DFW Stand for the Silent:
Stand for the Silent DFW

R. C. Loflin Middle School (Old Campus)
520 Stadium Dr
Joshua, TX 76058
...
Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=520+Stadium+Dr+Joshua%2C+TX+76058&fb=1&gl=us&hnear=Richardson%2C+TX&hl=en&view=map&cid=10725676656783836975&iwloc=A&ved=0CDEQpQY&sa=X&ei=RultTOyWHJjszATfzpzlBg


A candlelight vigil for the kiddos our country has lost to suicide after enduring relentless harassment and assault.

Please set this evening aside and come to share the love and prayers for survivors and support the local families who are tirelessly working toward effective implementation of Safe Texas Schools.

In Loving Memory of our local kids: Montana Lance, Jon Carmichael, Hunter Layland, Ty Field-Smalley and so many more. God bless you all, you did not leave us in vain. We are missing you more than we can express and will never give up on improving things for the children who are enduring this still.

Hosted by DFW's Families Against Bullies in conjunction with OKC's Stand for the Silent

http://FamiliesAgainstBullying.org/

http://www.osuokc.edu/home/news.aspx?...

Today's Updates

by Christine Jackson on 05/13/10

Petition for Harsher punishments for Bullying in Memory of Jon Carmichael. 
Please help Tami Carmichael submit 1 million signatures to help change Texas Law
that allows education professionals to ignore bullying. 
Click here to sign the petition!

Today's Updates

by Christine Jackson on 05/01/10

Texas Bullying Laws with references.  This is an excellent resource for parents who are trying to help our schools understand what legal obligation they do have.  As there are few laws in Texas, there are some.  Again, BISD does not acknowledge their activity and lack of are not in accordance with the law.  Please people, I know it takes alot of effort- but we are HERE TO HELP. This can be seen on the State Stuff page.

Another Story, from BISD - repetitive assault, no solutions/no acknowledgement from the Haltom Middle School (nor Birdville ISD).  This can be seen on the BISD page.

A Foundation for Successful Program Implementation

borrowed from Olweus.org

Training in bullying prevention forms the foundation for successful program implementation and sustaining the program year after year. Training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program includes school administrators as well as every adult involved in overseeing, planning, and implementing the program, including:

* Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee members

* teachers

* substitute teachers

* counselors

* after-school program providers

* school resource officers

* support staff

* playground supervisors and aides

* bus drivers

* cafeteria workers

* custodial staff

* parents

 

More Updates

by Christine Jackson on 04/27/10

A Dialogue with Senator Jane Nelson
Submitted by Bud Jackson
via Your Story Link

can be viewed on State Stuff page

Todays Updates 4/27/10

by Christine Jackson on 04/27/10

Remembering Montana

Lance Stewarts Creek Elementary, Lewisville ISD

Submitted by Debbie Lance

via Your Story Link

can be viewed on Lewisville ISD page and below on the Home page

York County School District 4

Submitted by Katie

via Your Story Link

can be viewed below on the Home page

 

Today's Site Updates

by Christine Jackson on 04/25/10

  1. "Federal Stuff" page updated with U.S. Department of Education  information - is your school district breaking federal law?  Birdville ISD is.
  2. Another story submission, this one is from a student of Haltom High School, thank you for sharing!  Please know you are not alone, help is on the way and to answer your question ---there is no "reason" why this is happening to you.  This happens because the school staff and administration @ Birdville ISD refuse to correct or acknowledge your rights and the law.  God bless you and stand strong.  If you have any questions at all or think you might need some help, please call or email us.

Another Story - How eerie is it all stories have the same tone? So many staff and administration & so little care.

by Christine Jackson on 04/23/10

Please read on our Callisburg ISD page.

Thank you to this mom for sharing.  Please call or email us- lets get this ball rolling together.  We are taking a similar approach @ BISD and have found we get more and more accomplished in numbers (rather than each of us going at it alone).  We are here for you and your family.  We can do this!

Carmichael Petition Rally

by Christine Jackson on 04/23/10

Saturday April 24, 2010 Jon Carmichael is the young man who committed suicide (at his school) in Joshua last month. One major contributing factor was excessive bullying and torment @ school – and the negative response he received when he sought help from school staff and administration.

Jon’s family, along with my own family and several others, is petitioning the State of Texas to amend legislature that currently allows and tolerates school staff and administration to be bystanders (as opposed to responsible professionals who actually care for and protect our children).

Tomorrow, Saturday May 24th, from (9:00 am to 2:00 pm) Jon’s family will be hosting a petition drive (their goal is 1 million signatures) @ the Punkin Patch in Joshua (see map and address on calendar page). Will you please consider taking a little bit of your time to support progress? Will you also spread the word to anyone you know will be willing to rally support for both legislation and a grieving family?

Our local situation, with a lot of effort, is gaining national and state-wide attention thanks to diligent networking and prayer from wonderful people like you.

Need to Talk? 469-777-6472: This number is for use for people who need help and direction with their bully issues.  This is, by no means, an emergency telephone number.  If you are experiencing an emergency PLEASE call 911 or your local police.  Thank you to the hosts of the hotline:  Debbie & Jason Lance, once again you are amazing with your contribution.
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