Mom takes cyber bully fight to school board

A mom in Lodi is taking matters into her own hands in a battle with her daughter's cyber bullies.

The victim's mom said school leaders did not do enough when her daughter was viciously cyber bullied. She took her case to the Lodi Unified School District Tuesday night.

Michelle Zapata and her 14-year-old daughter Danielle Zapata stood outside the board meeting with dozens of their supporters. They are outraged over the school's response to physical threats made against the teen.

"I fear of getting beat up at school, being taunted by people," Danielle said. "I just feel watched. I don't feel safe at all."

The freshman just transferred to Lodi High from another school. Two girls sent her hateful messages on Twitter. The threats centered around jealousy issues over a boy.

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One comment read: "He's mine and if you come within 5 feet of him and breathe his air, I will hurt you."

The school talked to the girls about the threats, but Danielle's mother said it was not enough.

"No action has been taken, no action whatsoever," Zapata said. She said an email from the school principal suggests they consider it a police matter.

Assembly Bill 256 went into effect the first of this year. It allows schools to punish cyber bullies. Zapata said she wants the girls suspended or expelled.

The principal said appropriate consequences were given to the girls.

Zapata wants the board to review their policies to reflect the new law and to punish cyber-bullies.

"I want them to know that I'm not walking down from this until something is done," she said.

Zapata said she obtained a court-issued restraining order against the girls. She is in the process of getting the sheriff's office to serve the order.


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