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Administrators at a high school in Georgia suspended a student for two days because she didn’t report that she was being bullied, the teenage girl claims.
Essance McDougald says she was locked in a bathroom and and nearly beaten up by two older girls at Lithonia High School three weeks ago.
When she reported the bullying to her a school counselor in a three-page letter, the assistant principal threatened her with a two-week suspension if the altercation with the girls continued, Miss McDougald says.
But the bullying started again, she says, so she asked her grandmother to step in and report it to the school, WSBTV in Atlanta reported.
That’s when the principal gave her a two-day suspension for not reporting it herself, Miss McDougald claims.
But the district says Miss McDougald isn’t so much the victim of bullying as she is a mutual combatant in an ongoing fight with another girl.
The district said administrators are using mediation with the two to defuse the conflict, according to a statement given to the TV station.
Miss McDougald and her grandmother, though, claim the high school student has been threatened.