Roanoke parents call for end to bullying after student attacked on school bus

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A group of Roanoke parents is turning to prayer and positive thinking one day after a frustrated mother confronted Roanoke City school officials after her daughter was attacked.

Ashton Williams says her 12-year-old daughter was attacked on a school bus on February 11 and nothing was done about it. She says threats were made during school and she believes teachers knew about it but did nothing to stop it from happening.

The director of security for the district addressed the school board March 10 to say the attacker was charged and served a petition and a protective order.

According to Karen Walker, this isn’t the first bullying incident she’s heard from schools in the Roanoke Valley.

“The youth now- it seems like they’re going in a totally different direction and somebody has to stand up and say, ‘What’s going on? Why is it going on?.’ You have to be able to relate to what’s going on. Evidently something in the inside is going on, but it’s showing up on the outside,” says Walker.

Wednesday morning, Walker along with parents of bullied students peacefully rallied in front of Lucy Addison Middle School along Orange Ave in efforts to end school bullying.

Roanoke parents gather outside Lucy Addison Middle School in efforts to end school bullying.

Parents held signs that read “Praying for our schools” as well as joined together for universal prayer.

“Schools would be better if we all worked together. Prayer can help solve a lot of issues,” says Walker, “It’s time to put prayers back in the school.”

Walker plans to hold another prayer circle next week at William Fleming High School in Roanoke. The date has yet to be determined.

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