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Mom says 6-year-old daughter was left with hickeys following a school bullying incident

Mom says 6-year-old daughter was left with hickeys following a school bullying incident

According to mother, Brittany, her daughter Mia Herrera has been a victim of bullying ever since day one.

Trigger warning: This story contains details of bullying and abuse that readers may find disturbing. 

A distressed mother has spoken out against her six-year-old daughter's bullies and school officials after the youngster allegedly came home covered in "hickeys" or lovebites. According to mother, Brittany, her daughter Mia Herrera has been a victim of bullying ever since the "first day" at Gloria Marshall Elementary School in Spring, a neighborhood which is situated about 35 km north of Houston, Texas. Speaking to FOX26, the concerned parent revealed, "She’s been getting bullied from the first day of school, she came back with a huge knot on her head and said that another little girl had literally pushed her against a wall." 

What happened a few weeks later, left the mother rudely shocked. Mia's neck was covered in lovebites. The 6-year-old returned home that day and reluctantly said that three girls were sent inside together during a bathroom break. "She told me, the girl got on top of me, and she started biting me," recalled Brittany. "I think she says ‘biting’ because basically my kids don’t know what hickeys are, and they were clearly hickeys." But that wasn't all, the students tried to shift the blame on little Mia. "She told me that the other girl was going to tell the teacher on her," shared Herrera, as she added, "We are talking about a kindergartener who knows how to manipulate in this manner."



 

She was also furious that her daughter had to sit in the same classroom with her bullies for three months as the school was too slow to take action against them. "I took her with me to go have a chat with the principal. He said, 'What do you want me to do for you guys to feel better about it?’" said Brittany, who understandably did not want those students anywhere near her daughter.Thus after approaching the staff at Gloria Marshall Elementary, she reported the matter to Spring Independent School District (ISD) police. The woman claimed that the Spring ISD police said that the attack on her daughter was in fact a "sexual assault" and not "your typical bully[ing] case." 

"He said, ‘Absolutely not. This is a sexual assault case. Had that child been 10 years older, we would be at her house making some kind of arrest,'" recalled Brittany. But what worries the mother most is the emotional distress that her daughter has suffered from the acts of bullying. "As much as I didn’t want to realize it, it did take some spark away from her," she said. According to FOX26, a student who was accused of bullying her was reportedly moved from Gloria Marshall Elementary to another school. When the Independent approached the school about the incident, they supposedly were surprised to learn of the news reports and that "The incident was investigated by the administration as well as the Spring ISD Police Department."



 

"We are saddened to learn that the mother of one of the students involved feels that the district did not fully address the matter, although counseling sessions were offered and numerous steps were taken to ensure her student would be placed back in a safe learning environment," it assumed. The school also added that it had been in touch with Brittany since. "As always, Spring ISD prioritizes the safety and security of our students so that instruction and learning can occur uninterrupted. All procedures and protocols were followed during the process to ensure the safety of both students."

Representative cover image source: Getty | Photo by Westend61 

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