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Mother addresses fighting incident at RPS board meeting

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Tuesday's Rochester Public Schools board meeting involved a personal statement from an upset mother following a bullying incident with her daughter.

The mother has a daughter in 6th grade at Willow Creek Elementary. She said a few weeks ago her daughter was beaten up by four other girls at school. She said the attack left her daughter with a concussion.

The mother said her daughter is traumatized by the event but wants to go back to school. She said school, administrators told her that if her daughter returns they cannot guarantee her safety. She also said the school only suspended the other students for two days.

Asked ahead of Tuesday's meeting about the fight, RPS officials said they cannot share details about any discipline taken due to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The district also said all allegations and altercations are investigated fully and in this instance it worked with a school resource officer and the Rochester Police Department. The district also states that the safety of student and staff is its top priority.

A concerned parent at the meeting, who did not want to be identified, shared her frustration with the situation.

"I know for a fact that if that happened to my child, I would be sitting at the school I wouldn't leave," she said.

KaMaria Braye

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