24-Hour Bully Stake-Out : Families Against Bullying, Birdville Independent School District
Birdville Independependent School District
Haltom City, TX 76117

Haltom Middle School Assault

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The Pledge:
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"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

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?

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