My name is Nareman Abusalah. I am a single parent who works almost seven days a week and also a college student. My daughter Sierra Velez is a student at PCTI in Wayne, NJ. Her GPA is 3.5, she is fluent in sign language, and in the Music Honors Society. She plays the electric guitar and bass. You can say she is talented. Her attendance rocks. And most importantly, she is my daughter. She has been bullied by a senior for the past two years. My daughter was a freshman at that time and didn’t want to cause any problems because she wanted to be accepted (just like any other teenager)and begin a new chapter in her life. She felt that if she said something to the principal, she would not make any new friends. This senior continues to bully her to this day. I recently met with the schools disciplinarian expert and said to another staff that “this is just a job, do not take it seriously.” He would not take it seriously because it is not his child. My heart stopped when I had that remark coming out of this persons mouth. Then I met with the principal. The principal didn’t have any care in the world. He says my daughter need counseling. Yes, my daughter does need counseling for the hell that this senior put her through. Then he threw it under the bus and forgot all about this issue. He says that this is not bullying and rolled his eyes at me. The bullying didn’t stop, it continued. The senior posted more things on Twitter. My daughter was upset at the post then she commented back. The senior had one of her friends screen shot and reported it to the principal. I know that two wrongs don’t make a right but when you are constantly abused by a person, you snap and that is exactly what my daughter did.
I met with the Asst. Supernatant, he only read the report that the disciplinarian expert , he didn’t look further into the problem. He threw the post that my daughter sent, but had no saying on the actual bully. Again he made it seem like my daughter was the bully. My daughter is sick and tired of the person senior bullying her. Again without any other further investigation, besides reading the report that was made by the disciplinarian expert, he also threw this issue under the bus. He says that my daughter needed counseling when in fact we need to resolve this issue. My daughter is not the issue here, it’s the bullying. I feel that if I don’t stop this now, something is going to happen to daughter and as a mother who loves her daughter dearly, is going to stop it NOW. Last year a boy killed himself last year because he was bullied at PCTI and I feel that is serious and not to be taking lightly. I hope this incident that is happening with my daughter put a stop to this and will help other students that is going through this to speak up. My daughter and other high school student should have a great high school experience, not one that to wake up every morning and wondering what will happen to them next because a bully is bullying them. If you were in my position, what would you do?