Hernando Mother: Daughter Bullied For Nine Months Before School Stopped It

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(Hernando, MS) A Hernando mother said her daughter was teased and attacked online by another student.

Meghan Riley said her daughter told the school counselor five times about the bullying, but nothing was done.

Riley said the name-calling started when her daughter was a seventh-grader at Hernando Middle.

"She was called fake Barbie. The b-word. It was mostly in person," said Riley.

For the last nine months, Riley said another female student bullied her daughter through text messages, online, and at school.

"She can't even go to the restroom after lunch, because she'll be in there with her friends to gang up on [her]," said Riley.

Riley said she found out about the bullying when her daughter broke down recently. She was afraid it wouldn't stop.

"You hear children that commit suicide. That cut themselves. That do all types of things. You feel like the bully pushes them enough where they hurt themselves," said Riley.

In a written statement, DeSoto County Schools said, "While Mrs. Riley would like to have this matter 'tried by the media,' the school district has a duty to protect the educational information of all students and cannot participate.

"We understand the mother's concerns.  We have addressed them according to our
anti-bullying policies."

The school could not tell News Channel 3 what disciplinary actions it took.

Riley wants a change to the policy. She said it shouldn't take nine months for something to be done.

"Maybe if we had a quicker response, maybe it will get a little better," said Riley.

DeSoto County Schools has a link on their website where students can anonymously report bullying. Riley said she did use it.


  • Thomas H. Evans

    This is a perfect example of how much our schools and their principals are in denial about what takes place in their schools on a daily basis. This is the second school in the past three days who are having problems and refuse to say why they feel the parents shouldn’t be given the facts in each case. Why do we always have to wait until a child is seriously hurt or killed before these schools wake up?

    • bmw120

      If the kid wore a duck dynasty shirt or GOD Bless America, they school would be all over it. The bully is probably a relative of the school administration.

  • Pam DeWig

    Feel sorry for the family but I think I would have have gone to the school and demanded something be done and not let it go on so long. I am happy that they “Finally” did something.

  • Sherry

    ^^ the mother said she didn’t know about the bullying until now. She couldn’t very well handle something she didn’t know about. I think she is doing exactly what needs to be done & going beyond to the media is what the “bully” of a school board we have needs. They are a bunch of “rug sweepers”.

  • L.G.

    I will never understand why people will wait until something drastic has happened, before any actions are taken. These days in time, incidents of this statue, should be addressed immediately.

  • Heather G

    What I want to know is what laws Ms has in place to charge these children doing the bullying. I have a friend that has more than one child in Hernando being bullied. She has contacted the school many times and nothing has been done. So what do you do when the school refuses to put a stop to it? Can the bullies be charged criminally?

  • Tim

    It’s always the child’s parents. Almost 100% of the time. If there is a bully, the parents are still operating at an eighth grade level.

    Girls are the worst. After the obvious bullying ends, this girl will be excluded from every activity. Little girls with these parents are evil.

  • Concerned

    As a Grandparent of a DeSoto County school child… YES, bullying happens and the “Board” does nothing about it….their do nothing approach hasn’t worked so far… GET A GRIP DESOTO BOARD OF EDUCATION!!!! Help these kids that are bullied before something tragic happens and you stand scratching your butts wondering why…..

  • Megan

    I had a problem with my daughter being bullied because she is bigger than most kids her age. One girl physically put her hands on my daughter. I called the teacher and it was handled right away-after school hours! Not all schools in Desoto County take it lightly. Lewisburg doesn’t! Parents need to teach their kids that bullying is wrong. It all starts at home and how children are raised.

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