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Allegedly bullied student raises concerns about notification policy


It's one of Rose Levingston's biggest fears as a parent.

"I fear for bullying every single day," she said.

She says last Friday a student attacked her eight-year-old son Brynden in the Becker Elementary school hallway as school ended.

"A boy had run up and stuck a kick-me note on his back and continued to kick him to the ground and two or three passing children kicked him as well," Levingston said.

Maybe most troubling to Levingston, she believes the teacher never notified administration that it happened.

The family wasn't notified by the school that Friday or even the following Monday.

The issue raises questions about schools' responsibilities in notifying parents of these incidents.

"Waterloo schools just like other school districts wants to protect kids, that's our priority," said Sharon Miller, Waterloo Community School District spokesperson.

As a general rule, the Waterloo Community School District expects staff to report bullying to administration.

The district makes it a practice of notifying parents although officials admit some times they can do better.

"When we find out about bullying, we are going to investigate it right away and stop it, and do what we can to make sure it doesn't happen again," Miller said.

A week later Brynden is feeling fine and happy to be in school.

Levingston says she hopes parents will never again have to be in the dark- when it comes to their child's safety.

"We're lucky as shy as he is, that he came forward and told us the story," Livingston said.

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