TI Central School Parents Sound Off About Bullying
"This has been reported again and again and again and you've done nothing," said Amanda Bickford, a parent of a Thousand Island Central School student.
For more than two hours, the T.I. Central school board heard one angry story after another.
"My sons have also been bullied in this school and I'm sorry to say the administrators, the teachers, the educators in this school, you should be ashamed," said Bickford.
Bullying is now suddenly on the front burner after last week's apparent suicide of 16 year old Daniel Briggs.
His parents say their repeated complaints about him being bullied went unheeded.
Parents also complained about a lack of counseling in the wake of the suicide and the way the district handled the news.
"Classrooms in Carthage and Indian River, where my friends teach, observed a moment of silence in my son's honor. This school did not and it did not go unnoticed," said Daniel's mother, Amy Briggs.
"It can't be any more insulting to the Briggs family that were talking about how to fix this after their child is dead," said Tim Patterson, a parent.
School officials promise action.
"We will get to the bottom of it and we will pay attention to it. And one of my first questions when we get out of here, I want to know what happened to the counseling," said John Warneck, school board president.
Meanwhile, not everyone believes that Daniel Brigg's suicide was a result of bullying.
State Police issued a statement saying, "Based on our preliminary investigation, there is nothing that indicates this is a result of bullying."