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Amid more violent bullying videos, Granite City schools look for solutions

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This fight at a Granite CIty school happened in March 2017. Credit: KMOV This fight at a Granite CIty school happened in March 2017. Credit: KMOV
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Granite City high-schooler pulled to the floor by her hair, then punched by a peer, it is what takes place in the second fight video involving Granite City School District students to surface online in the last week.

The video was recorded in March, but made it's way on social media just days after News 4 showed you a November incident where a Coolidge Middle School student was followed home and attacked by other students. 

"The fight was very, very serious," said Granite City School District #9 Superintendent Jim Greenwald. "I was saddened when I saw the video."

With both videos circulating, Greenwald took to Granite City School District #9's Facebook page Monday, to address what he calls "negative, exaggerated news".

"Nobody's taking this seriously," said Jewl Marrs.

Greenwald's comments come after Marrs turned to News 4, claiming the district isn't doing enough about bullying.

Her daughter was beaten in the November video.

Superintendent Greenwald told News 4 there have been efforts made, including sit-downs, phone calls and a five-minute head start home.

"We can only be responsible for so much," said Greenwald. "I wish I could put a guardian angel over the head of every child that walks home or takes the bus, but I can't."

An online petition calling for action against bullying in Granite City schools is gaining momentum.

In a week's time, more than 3,700 have signed it.

Marrs hopes change comes, her daughter returned to class Wednesday -- after missing over a week of school out of fear.

The seventh grader is taking Jui Jitsu classes to protect herself while walking home.

"I want her to feel safe at school, and it's unfortunate that fights have to take place, but I guarantee this is not just a Granite City problem," said Greenwald.

Greenwald said his administration does have a plan in place, but they need students and parents to get on board to better address bullying.

He also told News 4 that talks are underway to establish an anti-bullying committee made up of teachers, parents and even students.

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