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April 2, 2013

Parents protest school's response to bullying

PORT ARTHUR — A crowd of parents gathered with the Port Arthur Political Action Front at the Port Arthur Independent School District administration building, 4801 9th Ave., to voice their concerns about the school's response to bullying at Memorial High School around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old male student was attacked by a group of at least six boys in the gymnasium before school, with the melee captured on video. Earlier that week, a 16-year-old male student was attacked by a group of three of his classmates, who turned on his 18-year-old sister when she attempted to stop them. None of the victims knew their attackers.

Antone Godeaux, director of the Port Arthur Political Action Front, said that in order to prevent incidents such as these, the district should amend both their security and their disciplinary policy.

"They need more security, they need cameras that work, and they need to press criminal charges on kids that behave that way," Godeaux said. "I’m not talking about classes on weekends, anger management — I’m talking about jail time."

See tomorow's edition of The News for the full story.

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