Collaboration Please, You ARE Somebody...You CAN make a difference : Families Against Bullying, Birdville Independent School District
Birdville Independependent School District
Haltom City, TX 76117

Haltom Middle School Assault

Texas Bully Laws

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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

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/

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