Parents say third-grader threatened with gun violence

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News 12 First at Five, September 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Isaac and Amanda Cardo went to the Richmond County Board of Education to get their son out of the Terrace Manor Elementary after they say a student threatened his life.

"He threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot my son. I know they're in 3rd grade, but you cannot take anything lightly," Amanda Cardo said.

The Cardos say the bullying has been going on for years. It started when their son was in kindergarten and got extreme in second and third grades. On Monday (September 24), their son was told he'd be shot by a classmate.

"We are parents. We're the advocates for our children. We're who they depend on. This is my baby," Amanda said.

The Cardos say that after repeated meetings with the principal, nothing has been done to stop bullying at the school.

News 12 tried to talk to the principal at Terrace Manor, Sonya Jefferson. She said, "No Comment." We got the same response from Deputy Superintendent James Thompson: "No Comment."

"This was the first time anybody said, 'I'm going to bring a gun to school and kill you.' All the time it was hitting and kicking and spitting on him and picking on him," Amanda said.

"Basically, he's the only white child in his class and has been for the past 3 years," Isaac Cardo said.

"I'm scared to put him in school. I'm scared for him to go back to school," Amanda said.

The Cardos filled out a Zone Change Request form so their son doesn't have to go back to Terrace Manor Elementary. They say they can't risk their child getting hurt and school officials aren't doing their part to keep their son safe.

"What would you do if my child were to get shot? What would you do? What would they tell me then? Are they going to tell me, 'I'm sorry...I'll take care of it?' What are they gonna do?" Amanda asked.

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