7th grader alleges bullying at Highland Middle School

Local family struggles with bullying

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s an unfortunate truth that bullying happens everywhere on a daily basis.

 

Joshua Neal-McKnight tells WHAS he has been homeless in the past, and as a result has been in 6 different schools.

 

Neal-McKnight claims he has been consistently bullied at every stop along the way.

 

"They talk about you,” Neal-McKnight said. “Sometimes they hit you. Sometimes they shove you.  Sometimes they can talk about your mother, your weight, your looks."

This is only part of what Joshua Neal-McKnight says he deals with on a daily basis.

"I've been getting bullied since I was in preschool,” Neal-McKnight said.

The bullying has gotten so bad that Joshua's grades are slipping and he doesn't want to go to school.

"When children come to the teachers and say hey this is happening you just nonchalantly say it's normal, and it's ok,” Sherita Neal said.  “You're telling them it's ok for people to keep picking at them."

Sherita Neal says she followed the JCPS protocol of reaching out to teachers, and then administrators at Highland Middle School, but nothing changed.

"If a parent is calling you with a concern be genuinely concerned,” Neal said.  “If I feel like you're just brushing me off I'm going to keep bugging you."

Sherita says she wasn't aware that JCPS had setup a bullying tip line, which has received 309 calls since its creation in January of 2016.

"I went to the board,” Neal said.  “The lady came down to the lobby and asked me some questions, wrote some stuff down, said she was going to email the principal.  I haven't heard from anybody. Nobody."

The wait has this mother at wits end.

"What else do I have to do,” Neal said.  “Somebody has to do something. Bullying is not ok!"

As she considers sending her son to yet another school.

"I want to go to the Phoenix School,”
Neal-McKnight said.

 

JCPS takes each bullying allegation seriously which is why they have developed the bullying tip line at 888-393-6780.

 

For more information on what resources are available, or to get help immediately, click here: https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/student-support/bullying

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