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Parent: Son is 'trapped' by school bullying

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Thompson, 43, is a protective father concerned about the impact bullying has had on his 12-year-old son.

"He's always looking behind his shoulders, that's why he hates going to school," said Thompson.

Thompson said he's been trying to get the problem resolved and his family feels trapped by the situation.

"I don't know how to deal with this," he said. 

He has written email after email to the school, Twin Lakes Academy Middle, asking for help.

"My son has been dealing with it for three months and he can't get any resolution," he said.

Thompson, a retired combat engineer, suffers PTSD and in a recent meeting with school officials, after his son was elbowed in the neck, he lost it.

"When it went from verbal to physical I told the cop I want to press charges and I was told 'you can't press charges,'" he said.

Thompson said the meeting got heated and he screamed "I will destroy this school."

"Now there's a restraining order on me," said Thompson. 

Thompson regrets what was said, but it doesn't change how his child is being affected by bullying.

"There's tension between my son because he feels I don't believe him," said Thompson, "he feels trapped himself, hopeless."

Thompson is convinced that he is not the only parent in this situation.

"I want other parents that go to that school to talk to their children and say 'are you being bullied?'" said Thompson, "The only way this is going come out if one or three parents say 'my child is being bullied.'"

He said the problem is now being reflected in his son's social skills and grades.

"I know his self-esteem is low because of this. I know that he is insecure," said Thompson.

"He is lonely because he doesn't feel like has any friends. Everybody need friends, it is really difficult for him right now."

Duval County School Board spokesperson Marsha Oliver said the district has had a bullying policy since 2008.

"All reports of bullying and related incidents are taken seriously," she said. "Florida Statute requires that all incidents be reported, investigated and recorded."

She said FERPA laws prohibits the district from specifically discussing the Thompson case.

Q. What can parents do if they perceive there is bullying?

A. Alert the school or the district's Safe&healthy School's office

Q. What are the signs?

A. It is repetitive, intentional and creates an imbalance of power.

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