Mom posts video of daughter crying online in effort to stop her school bullies

A Minnesota mother is hoping a video she posted online will help stop the bullying of her daughter on the school bus.

The mother says her little girl has visited the principal’s office at least half a dozen times to ask for help.

The video that has already been shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The video shows a third-grade girl crying and unable to talk about the bullying that she has been experiencing. Her brother has to describe what the bullying at school is like for his big sister as she cries her eyes out.

“This guy on the playground said, ‘You’re gonna die by suicide they called me a son of a *** and a motherf***er,’” the brother said.Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 8.29.20 AM

“You tell her you’re stronger than that. You’re better than that. You tell them they’re worth something. Because they feel they’re worth nothing. You tell them there’s adults and people to help you. They’re people to help you. The school will help you,” said mother Sarah Cymbaluk.

Fosston Public Schools Superintendent Mark Nohner said this just landed on his radar despite the parents’ claim that they’ve been trying to get something done since December.

“I found out about the situation a couple of days ago and I think it could have been resolved without going to Facebook,” said Nohner.

“She’s been called into the principal and made to feel like it’s her fault. She’s been told to ignore it. She’s been told to disregard it, basically she’s been told to stuff your emotions and get on with life,” said Cymbaluk.

In the video, the girl tells the audience she went to the principal five times about the incidents and she said nothing was done about them.

School officials admitted that they dropped the ball.

“Obviously somewhere along the line it fell through the cracks. So we need to review our procedures and policies and maybe do a better job articulating to the parents what we’re doing, even though we can’t be specific, we need to do a better job of getting that communication out there,” Nohner said.

Cymbaluk said their daughter was called “a lesbian, it’s gotten physical, she’s come home with scratches and bruises.”

“I want to feel like I’m wanted in the school and people like me,” the girl says in the video.

Cymbaluk said bullying is not just a problem that’s happening in Fosston but across schools everywhere.

“She said, ‘You know what I want. I want it to never happen to another kid again,’” Cymbaluk said.

School officials say they’re investigating but can’t elaborate on any disciplinary action because of confidentiality laws.

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13 comments

  • Sad World

    I know the mother's heart is in the right place, but this may have been the worst thing she could do. Now the bullies have what they want and it's ONLINE. The better option would have been to take this video and DEMAND to see the superintendent and not leave until being seen.

    I hope the parents of the kids who are being so rude and heartless are going to be dealt with as well. Bullies aren't born, they are RAISED.

  • barb

    Home schooling. People say school teaches socialization. If this is the public school idea of socialization, you can have it.

    • Krystle

      Kids actually get more socialization through homeschooling. They are not limited to learning from the same teacher all year and they do not have to sit with the same kids all year. By homeschooling, children are able to learn from multiple people, young and old. They meet many different types of people to socialize with. Especially, when you take the classroom out into the community.

  • kirby14

    Why does it seem that there is so much mean behavior and anger – not only with young people, but with adults as well. What is everyone so angry about? Why are some (a lot ) of folks so mean and downright hurtful to others? Was is always this way, or has social media just made it more well known?
    It seems like such a shame and such a waste of energy to be mean…wouldn't it be a good feeling for everyone just to be kinder and nicer to others – especially if they haven't done anything wrong to you or your loved ones. JUST BE NICE!! ( seems pretty simple, to me!)

  • Krystle

    The schools do not do anything. My son was bullied constantly and was down in the office crying all the time. Instead of the school handling the problem or the kids causing the problem, they tried telling me my son was over reacting and had emotional problems. It got so bad that I decided to homeschool because my son was not enjoying school and could not trust the teachers or faculty to help him. A parent does what they have to for their children and this mother is no different. If this is the only way she can get the attention from the school system to finally do something, I say, more power to her. I hope the bullies get what they deserve and this little girl can try to find someway to not let these bullies ruin her future.

  • Pa. tax payer

    The problem we have today is that the teachers and administration are not held accountable. Teachers are protected by their unions and do not believe that they have to answer to the public, tax payers or the parents. Many of the teachers have tenure and do not do anything beyond the minimum required. Several school administers think that they tell their school boards how to vote and what to do instead of the other way around. I believe we need to hold them accountable and FIRE those who do not respond properly.

  • dontbeadope

    “I found out about the situation a couple of days ago and I think it could have been resolved without going to Facebook,” said Nohner.

    If she didn't go to Facebook we wouldn't be hearing about this would we Mr. Principal.

  • Gwen from Aiken

    This young boy wanted the girl to kill herself because he hated himself. This evil child is now guilty of attempted murder. (Murder by suggestive intimidation). How long before he succeeds in doing this to someone else's child? Put this little monster away or get him some help before he become Charles Manson.

  • Jpare

    I can't even watch this video it is too sad. My cousins and I were Bullied in grade school so I understand what she is going through. Our parents/teachers/ principle never helped us either, but if my child was bullied I would not waste time with the principal or teachers I would have an informative visit with the bullies parents. I wouldn't tolorate this for a second. I would do whatever I had to to protect my kids. Legally. No name calling, no baseless threats, but just the knowledge that they would be sued if the harassment didn't stop would hopefully change things. If that didn't work I would have to use other means. Legal means. I hope this little girl gets the help I wish I could give her…..but we know about her plight but how many others are there……

  • Starry

    You know what the problem is? Kids are raised as spoiled brats these days, that’s why they’re too emotionally weak (bullied) and that’s why they’re too strong (bullies). Both sides I am not going to side on.

    Sure it must have been hurting for the mother to see her child crying, but bullies are everywhere. I was bullied emotionally and physically from elementary until college, and, it was hell, I never told my parents because I know that they wouldn’t be able to help me anyway and it could get worse. I tried one time, but my mom was like “So what do you want to do? You have options: Transfer school, stop school, ignore them, select more hobbies, or punch them”. I never hurt anyone because I’m scared of what will happen to me if I do that. I know that my parents not there all the time, so I had to cling on to my strength inside (yes, even when I was a child, I understood what it means to be emotionally independent), and I grew up just fine. Graduated from college with a degree in Physiotherapy (and yes, I was bullied in college too, but I thought that if I ignore them, I can focus more on my career)

    I thought my mom was really a bad mother for not protecting me, when I realized that her childhood was VERY hard. Imagine, poverty, war, no technology, hunger, dead loved ones… I mean, just imagine the kids back in the war period, and not shitting about it to their parents. I’m sorry to say but I think kids today are very spoiled or coddled with too much affection.

    Whatever you do, bullies will not stop, they prey on their victims when the teachers and parents aren’t around. It’s about raising your child right and with moderation. Do not spoil your spawn too much, they spread like fire.

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