Pinellas family resorts to legal means to stop bullying - WFLA News Channel 8

Pinellas family resorts to legal means to stop bullying

Posted: Updated:
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL - The bullying happened at the start of the school year.

“I was just being picked on every single day.  Constantly.  And they've just been saying rude things to me.”

We're not identifying her to avoid bringing on more troubles for this St. Petersburg 6th grader.

The 11-year-old says a classmate, who is part of a group of girls, ganged up on her on a daily basis at University Prep Academy in St. Petersburg.

The victim's mother says the assaults included beatings.

“They were hitting her, pushing her, they knocked her glasses off her face, they pushed her books out of her hand, they slapped her in the face,” she said.

Related content:  how to tell if your child is being bullied

Angela, whose last name we're not revealing, says the bullying affected her daughter's behavior.

"Before this happened, my daughter loved school.  Loved to go to school every day,” she said.

Fed up with the lack of response, Angela yanked her daughter out of University Prep, and enrolled her at Baypoint Middle School.

But she says 4 of the bullies from her former school also transferred to Baypoint, bringing the harassment with them.

Related content: tools in the Battle Against Bullying

She requested and got a judge to OK an injunction, forcing the main instigator to stay 50 feet away.

"I’m hoping after receiving the documentation that it does stop.  I'm hoping that it's not just a piece of paper, that they would follow the law.”

Her daughter is elated.

“It's good now.  I'm glad to go to school now.”

The family's attorney credits Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for making arrests in the Rebecca Sedwick case, and bringing the bullying issue into the spotlight. 

Related content:  Polk Sheriff Judd announces arrests in bullying case

“The fact that he went out and arrested and found that there were charges, aggravated stalking, I think that really set it off,” said Robin Allweiss.

Despite her young age, the victim has a mature attitude about the bullies.

“I just feel bad for them cuz that's affecting their future.”

Do you tweet? We do! Join us on http://8.wfla.com/1dsYrjS


  • NewsMore>>

  • Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

    Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:03:15 GMT
    The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
    The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
  • Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough road

    Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough road

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:18 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:18:47 GMT
    Hillsborough AvenueHillsborough Avenue

    Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School.

    Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School.


  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:13:40 GMT
    From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of...
    From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing...
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    April 18, 2014 07:19 AM 2014-04-20 00:38:25 GMT
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.