Mother Says Fifth-Grade Daughter Was Punched, Threatened At School


UPDATED: Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:44 PM

A mother said that she pulled her fifth-grade daughter out of school because she was receiving threats and was physically assaulted, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported Tuesday.

Samantha Hamilton said that her daughter, who attended Hannah J. Ashton Middle School in Reynoldsburg, was threatened via text message. She said her daughter also received verbal threats and was punched in the face. The district said it has no reports of an assault.

Hamilton said that her concern escalated when a note was found in her daughter’s desk.

“You’re dead. Say bye to all of your friends, “Hamilton said the note read.

The 11-year-old student, who 10TV did not identify, said that she did not understand why other students were targeting her.

“My grades have been going down, and I just don’t know what to do,” the student said.

According to a Reynoldsburg police report, the death threat was discovered March 30.

Hamilton said that the school did not notify her of the threat until April 10.

“It’s despicable, and it makes me afraid for the rest of the students,” Hamilton said.

School officials said that they notified Hamilton the day the school discovered the note. School officials said that they could not comment on the case, citing privacy laws, Landers reported.

“Bullying among middle, junior high and high school kids is something we are vigilant about,” Reynoldsburg spokeswoman Tricia Moore said.

Moore said that she wanted the community to know that the district takes student safety seriously, Landers reported.

“Safety and the perception of safety are absolute priorities,” Moore said.

The student said that she hoped things would change at school.

“I want the school to be better,” the student said.

Reynoldsburg police said that the department closed the case after officers interviewed three students, who denied writing the death threat.

Hamilton said that she will home school her daughter, Landers reported.

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