Sweetwater grandmother wants to put a stop to bullying

SWEETWATER, Tenn. (WVLT)--Name calling, nasty Facebook posts, and threatening text messages. This is what school administrators at Sweetwater are dealing with.

Betty Wagers' granddaughter is a beauty queen and a cheerleader for Sweetwater Junior High. She's also a victim of bullying. Betters Wagers says, "It happens about every couple of months. He'll talk to them and then let up and it starts over again."

Girls corner her in the bathroom making her late for class and they make fun of her clothes. Wagers says, "My daughter has to take clothes to school for her cause they're making fun of what she wears."

At Sweetwater, the assistant principal tells me they take bullying seriously. The students even produced a video about it. Assistant Principal Brandi Smith monitors video from cameras throughout the school. Brandi Smith says, "There's a case manager for each and every case and then the principal and I take actions as needed."

Betty wants to raise awareness about the problem. She's taking her fight to the hallways herself. Wagers says, "I talked to the principal and he said he wouldn't mind if I got parents to come to the school during the day. They'll try to control the halls and during lunch break when they change classes."

Smith says it's a problem she sees at least twice a month, and it's only getting worse with social media and cell phones. While some bullies will stop once they realize their actions are hurtful, she says others simply have to be removed from school.


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