January 15, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---A Tutt Middle mother says her daughter got a threatening message and school administrators did too little too late.
Parents United held a protest today to shed light on what they call an aggressive "mob-style death threat" that they say was ignored by administrators at the school.
Lillian Yancy says when her 12-year-old daughter got a threatening message on her cell phone, she told the sheriff's department and took the tape to the principal at Tutt Middle.
Yancy says the message was left by an 8th grade bully and a cousin. She says the principal refused to even listen to the message.
The principal did confront the bully two days later.
The next day, Yancy says, the bully came after her daughter in retaliation, and the two fought.
"This is not just my daughter's life on the line but other kids at school," Yancy said at the protest.
"How does anyone with common sense not react to protect this child?" asked Greg Collier of Parents United.
Newly elected school board member Frank Dolan says he stands behind his principal's decision 100 percent, especially because he says it happened over school break and off school grounds.
Yancy says her daughter was suspended for two days for the fight, though she says it's clearly self-defense.
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