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
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August 2010
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Photo / Memorial Table Courtesy of Debbie Lance

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]

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Families Against Bullying, Birdville Independent School District

New Story Posted - BISD

by Christine Jackson on 04/21/10

We have received our first story submission!  I commend Stacy Dorman for submitting her family's heart-wrenching story.  What her family experiences every school day is brutal- even more brutal is her family is one of many who have come to find the bigger problem is the lack of effective action from the school staff and Birdville Independent School District's administration.

You can read her story below and on the BISD page.

 

Jon Carmichael Update

by Christine Jackson on 04/20/10

Please view this newscast, aired on 4/20/10, and show your support to the Carmichael Family by signing their petition for Ant-Bullying legislature.  The petition drive will be hosted by Pumpkin Patch Daycare in Joshua.  Jon's family is seeking 1 million signatures. 

http://cbs11tv.com/video/?id=53650@ktvt.dayport.com

Texas needs this legislature, families need relief.

God bless your efforts Carmichaels!

 

Site Under Construction! Please Re-visit Often

by Christine Jackson on 04/20/10

Thank you for your patience.  Please know, the site will be under construction over the next weeks.  We will be adding and editing throughout the creation process.  Please contact us at NorthTexasFAB@gmail.com if you would like to contribute material or ideas!  As is everything we do, this is a community effort.

Thank you!

Christine

Welcome

by Christine Jackson on 04/20/10

Thank you for visiting! 

Familes Against Bullying (FAB) is a brand new organization with humble beginnings in the Mid-Cities / Birdville Independent School District of the Dallas/Fort Worth areas.  We are simply a few families who were brought together from our common experiences.  Those experiences all include bullying and worse- the bigger picture.  Through networking and researching we have found there is serious lack of policy; lack of implentation of existing policy; lack of state legislature and abundant ignoring of federal laws taking place in our (and surrounding school districts).

By working together we learn more and more everyday how we can better serve our children and communities AND how we can encourage our schools to do the same.  It is always our effort to be a part of the solution.  We are not about fighting the "system," however- we are about improving it.

We want to invite you personally to join our meetings.  Meetings will be posted in advance both here and on our Facebook page.  While we do need a lot of help, we will not "enlist" you for duty unless you are excited and willing.  Please know that your mere attendance and your fellowship with the other parents will be uplifting to them and I hope for you.

Other than uplifting fellowship, we are working toward lobbying Texas
legislature; lobbying the school Board; lobbying
TEA; some of us are filing grievances with the U.S. Department of Education
(these are cases where civil rights have been violated); some are working
toward a class action lawsuit; more than you might know are facing their own
legal battles instigated by school districts.

In short, we are here and we are working hard.  We may not be able to fix
things immediately, but we're not backing off.  Even once things improve, we
will still be here.

Thank you, again, for visiting.  We look forward to hearing from and seeing you.  Meanwhile, it is our sincere hope that you find our site informative and encouraging.

With Infinite Support,

Christine Jackson

Mother, Neighbor, Citizen and one of the Founding Members of FAB

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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