BAKERSFIELD - An alleged case of bullying at a local Bakersfield school has gone beyond the typical teasing inside the classroom to threats at a teenage girl’s home, even vandalism.
It all started six months ago with an exchange of words that led to alleged violence, vandalism and bullying over social media.
“It just makes me feel unsafe sometimes, like I don’t have a right of an opinion or even being myself. It feels like I can’t express myself I guess,” said the teen girl.
This 14-year-old high school freshman --who we are not identifying – has a lot of reasons to be concerned.
“She’s made fun of my mother. She said that I’m weird, that I have aids, that I’m a slut, that I’m all these other things, I’m just rude and everything. Any word in the book she’s called me,” she said.
Her alleged bullies, who are a group of girls that range from 8th to 11th grade, have taken the taunting to the extreme.
“Makes me feel sad that my daughter doesn’t feel safe going to school,” said the victim’s mother.
According to the victim’s mother, the girls have left notes at the home with nasty messages, torn up the family’s flower bed, damaged the sprinkler system – they have tossed trash all over the drive way, squired mustard on the side of the house and have even turned off their electricity.
“Teenage girls are going to be teenage girls. I mean you’re going to have that, but when you take it to the extreme of actually damaging someone’s personal property, it’s just inappropriate and a slap in the face. I mean, I wish the other families would come forward,” she said.
These so-called “mean girls” have other targets as well – one family even having feces allegedly smeared on their front door and car.
We attempted to contact school administrators about this issue; they declined an on-camera interview, but did release this statement.
Ridgeview high school principal Steve Holmes says “counselors, teachers and administrators of Ridgeview High School expect that all students respect one another. Also, expected is that we respond quickly when bullying conduct is reported.”
“That’s exactly what I wanted to do with the police report and going to the dean, to letting it know that’s it out there. I wanted to get this done right away. Unfortunately, one of my friends had his son committee suicide because of this exact same thing and I wasn’t going to take it to that extreme. My daughter still has four years left of high school so, I wanted to stop now,” she said.
Leaders with Ridgeview High School have taken a proactive approach to this bullying case, putting a restraining order on the bullies who could be expelled, suspended or even fined up to two-thousand dollars if they talk or come anywhere near the girl and that also includes social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.