AUSTIN (KXAN) - A fifth grader at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin says bullying led to two broken fingers.
Last Friday, Brittini Bankston, 11, was trying to complete her school work at home. "I write with my right hand and it just hurts really bad," she said.
It's not exactly what she had pictured when she recently moved in with her grandmother to start a new life at a new school.
"Is my granddaughter supposed to be a punching bag for those kids up there at that school? She's targeted because she's new," said Carla Stubbs.
Last Thursday, during a basketball game at recess Brittini said she was cheering when a boy on the other team got mad and started calling her names before thing turned physical.
"He tried to kick me on my knee and when he tried to I reached my hand down there and I heard a crack ," said Brittini.
The 11-year-old said bullying like name calling and hair pulling have been going on ever since another boy grabbed her chest at school three weeks ago.
"They were just, I guess, playing a game and I guess he thought it was funny," said Brittini. "I knew that that wasn't very good for him to do that so right away I knew it was something to tell the teaacher about."
Police reports were filed in both cases and the students involved involved signed "stay away" agreements promising to steer clear of each other. Stubbs believes the boy who broke Brittini's fingers was suspended.
The district said Wednesday that police determined the incident was not a case of bullying, rather a violation of student code of conduct. No charges will be pressed and the school is following normal disciple procedures.
"We do take bullying very serious," AISD spokesperson Alex Sanchez said, "but this one case was not a bullying case."
Tuesday at NBC's Education Nation, the Austin ISD superintendent addressed bullying and the role parents should play.
"Its really important they have the opportunity to tell us what they think they need as supports for their child," said Dr. Meria Carstarphen. "We want our kids to feel happy, safe and feel engaged in school."
Brittini's grandmother knows what she wants.
"Send a policeman to school everyday with Brittini and sit there with her so she can have some peace and learn," said Stubbs.
The district sent home paperwork for Brittini to transfer schools, but her grandmother has no way to drive her to another campus. She wants to see the other student removed from the classroom.
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