Extra comments: She wants to send this to the School Chancellor and to her Assembly person. see below
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For too long, at PS/MS 37 in the Bronx, middle-grade students have participated in a particularly unacceptable level of bullying towards my daughter, Caleen Perez, who is currently enrolled in the 6th grade. This bullying includes but is not limited to physical violence, stalking, harassing, verbal and AOL Instant Messaging threats. (NOTE: the actual messages were never retrieved, but a number of students have admitted to sending them.) In addition, Caleen has been subjected to taunts and teasing, exclusion from peer groups (resulting in feelings of humiliation and isolation), derogatory jokes, and aggressive or menacing gestures.
The most recent incident occured in school as Carleen was headed to her next class at approximately 9:40AM on Monday, March 16, 2009. A student named Justin Rivera pushed Carleen into another student, Jovanna Green. This altercation escalated into an outright brawl. Carleen’s glasses were stepped on and broken and one of her teeth was knocked out of her mouth. After this incident was brought to my attention, I investigated further and discovered that this attack had been planned over the previous weekend. The perpetrators had apparently sent Carleen threatening AIM messages. As a result, Jovanna Green was arrested the next day at the school.
The inescapable conclusion is that students at PS/MS 37 orchestrated a campaign against Carleen which culminated in incessant harassment by Aganay Wilcox, Antoinay Jones, Jovanna Green, Shanell Newborn and Charlotte Dalton. Recently two boys Justin Rivera and Kaine Caldwell have begun to take part as well, all of whom are in the 7th grade (with the exception of Shanell, who is in the 8th grade).
NOTE: The sender of this letter should also conclude with a paragraph stating exactly what type of action she expects from the school/city authorities.
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