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Carrboro family says school has done little to stop incessant bullying

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CARRBORO, N.C. -

A Carrboro family says their two kids have faced a bully for months, but they say the school has failed to step in and stop the attacks.

The Bogdanova family said a student at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School has physically bullied their son since September -- pushing, punching and calling him names.

"It's horrible," the boy's mother, Alyona Bogdanova, said. "My son came home once and said, 'That's it. I want to move back. I can not take this anymore.' His stomach was hurting until the night of that day that he got punched in the stomach."

Now, Bogdanova says, the same student is bullying their daughter, going so far as to spit on the table she eats at for lunch.

The family said they've talked with an assistant principal, a teacher and the district office, but Bogdanova said the school's only plan is to try to keep the kids apart. So far, that hasn't been enough.

"We feel powerless in this situation," Bogdanova said. "We put trust in the system that it should be resolved at first occurrence, but I guess it hasn't been taken seriously and it's been escalating."

She added, "We don't know what's been done, what plan has been done ... what plan should be done, because if the problem doesn't go away, it just gets even worse."

The school system, however, said the case is complex.

"We take student altercations very seriously in our school district," said Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokesman Jeff Nash. "This situation is more complex than it would appear at first glance."

Nash said even if there was some action against the reported bully, the principal could not share that information.

Bogdanova said she filed a police report this week about the bullying, but the Chapel Hill Police said they cannot comment on the status of any investigation.

She said the family heard from the school's principal this afternoon after repeatedly trying to reach out to her. Bogdanova said the family has a meeting scheduled with the principal on Thursday.

Statistics show every seven seconds, a child is bullied and that 1 in 4 kids will have a plan to commit suicide before they graduate high school.

North Carolina does have laws against bullying:

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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