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New bullying video surfaces, concerned citizens come forward

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A new video shows the same special needs student 12News showed being attacked last week getting attacked again. The video was shot on a cell phone Thursday at Port Arthur Memorial High School.

The Sophomore is punched by another student then surrounded and body-slammed when he tried to escape.

Linda Davis is the aunt of the special needs student.  She serves as a guardian to the teen.  She and other concerned citizens who have concerns about bullying at the high school, gathered in front of the Port Arthur Independent School District Administration Building Tuesday to speak against what they say is a bullying problem in Memorial High School. The rally was organized by the Port Arthur Political Action Front.

"Memorial is not trying to do nothing. They're not trying to secure my child," said Linda Davis.

Juan Canales attended the rally.  He says he is the father of two students he says are being bullied at Memorial High School.

"A lot of stuff is covered up.  It's time for change," said Canales.

Anthony McDaniel says his concern over security issues at the high school is one of the reasons he is running for a seat on the school board.

"Obstruction to learning comes far before the actual violence.  Because there are threats, there is intimidation," said McDaniel.

Many who have seen the videos showing students under attack have asked, "Where are the teachers."

Deputy Superintendent Mark Porterie said teachers are told to be visible and work with the principal to make sure students are where they are supposed to be.

Porterie said the Memorial High Principal is leading an investigation into all cases of bullying.  He also said the district is aware of concerns and is open to suggestions for solutions.

 

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