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Parent complains to West Aurora board about bullying

Updated: March 25, 2013 6:18AM

All three of Nancy Kline’s children attended Jewel Middle School, and all three were victims of bullying, according to the North Aurora parent.

Kline was moved to speak in front of the West Aurora School Board in public session after her daughter recently attempted suicide. She urged the board to do something about the issue during the public comment section of the meeting.

“I speak to you as a parent who has the experience of children coming home from school in tears, and the words of ‘I don’t want to go back to school.’”

Kline referenced an internal investigation she’s been told of at Jewel Middle School regarding bullying incidents.

“Most likely the public will be kept from the resulting information. But why did it have to reach this point? Who will accept responsibility?” she said.

West Aurora Superintendent James Rydland did not respond to Kline’s comments, and would not comment on whether there was any investigation.

Kline said she was at the middle school for parent-teacher conferences and saw the words “Wall of Shame” on a teacher’s wall, calling attention to the students who had not completed their homework.

“I call that bullying,” she said.

Kline also spoke of an incident involving a school principal, but Rydland cut her off, saying she would not be able to reference personnel in public session. She was invited to speak at the executive session before the board meeting, but wanted to speak in public session.

It’s an issue that reaches beyond just her family, she said.

“It’s not for my kids, it’s for all the kids,” she said.

Kline said any progress made on the bullying issue would have to come from the top down.

“Change must occur from the environment that allows the bullying, not only with the bully or the victim,” she said.

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