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Granite City parents push district to do more about bullying after fight video surfaces

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Granite City parents want bullying addressed after this fight video surfaced. Credit: KMOV Granite City parents want bullying addressed after this fight video surfaced. Credit: KMOV
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

"Something has got to be done and nobody's taking this seriously," said Jewl Marrs

Marrs is the mother of a Granite City seventh grader, afraid to return to school after being attacked on her way home from Coolidge Junior High on Monday.

"Education is education," said Marrs. "They shouldn't be scared to go to school."

Footage of the fight is spreading online.

The recording shows several kids running up to Marrs' daughter ready for conflict.

"Not only my daughter, those other girls could've been hurt, too," said Marrs. "They were on a busy road."

Marrs told News 4 one student has been arrested and another suspended because of the altercation.

Still, she wants Granite City School District #9 to do more

"They're willing to give my daughter a five-minute headstart like she's an animal," said Marrs. "Like she's a rabbit and they're sending her out among the wolves."

"That's not solving the problem, they're going to find a new kid to pick on," said another concerned Granite City parent who wishes to remain anonymous.

The anonymous parent told News 4 that her Coolidge seventh grader has also been bullied by this group.

She hopes the issue is handled before anyone reaches their breaking point.

"Eleven, 12, 13-year-olds are killing themselves because they're bullied so much and nothing's done when schools are notified. That's my fear, that it's going to go that far."

Parents felt the district needed to do more in the wake of the video, and more than 3,400 people have signed a petition calling on the administration to revamp and strengthen their bullying policy. 

The superintendent spoke about the issue on Facebook, saying: "Ee do everything we can, and will continue to work on keeping our schools safe."

Then added, "It's a shame parents take negative exaggerated news to the media."  

News 4 reached out to Granite City School District #9.

Granite City School District #9 Director of Secondary Education Cindy Gagich sent the following statement:

"Our district takes student issues, especially bullying, very seriously and handles each on a case-by-case basis. Appropriate steps are taken by our administration and staff to handle each situation. "

News 4 also reached out the Granite City Police Department. The department has yet to return our calls.

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