A young New Hampshire girl's family is reeling after the 12-year-old was brutally and viciously beaten by a 14-year-old schoolmate.
Morgan Graveline says after she rejected the teen boy's advances, he retaliated by repeatedly punching her in the face in the McLaughlin Middle School cafeteria on Feb. 15. "I remember the first punch coming at me, and then I don't remember a lot of it, and I don't know for some reason. I can't remember," Graveline told the local CBS affiliate, recalling the scary attack that left her with a concussion, two missing teeth and several more loose.
"I was like walking out of the cafeteria there was blood everywhere dripping on my hand and stuff... I didn’t even realize I had my tooth out until I was in the nurse. I was like ‘where is this blood coming from?’” Morgan says. "He hit me like twice in the mouth because my tooth went through my lip."
It turns out the sixth grader had been the target of the boy and his friends' bullying for some time. Two weeks before the cafeteria confrontation, Morgan says she was punched on a school bus. At the time, Morgan says she was too scared to tell anyone about the incident. According to her mother's blog, the bullying boys told Morgan they would "f**k up her face so she isn't pretty [anymore]." A week later, the bus driver finally reported the assault to school officials but nothing was done.
"The arguments between my daughter and these boys started with a couple of the boys asking Morgan to be their girlfriend," Morgan's mom writes. "When Morgan turned them down, they retaliated by calling her names like "fat ho, lesbian b**ch, c**t, etc..." this goes on for about a month before the first assault on the bus occurs."
Once the principal received notification about the bus incident, he took another week to address it. Not once was I ever notified that my daughter was assaulted on the bus. The principal questioned my daughter and the boys that had been threatening her. The boys were never suspended or removed from school. Shortly after the conversation the students had with the principal, Morgan was brutally attacked. First elbowed in the face, followed by 6 to 7 punches knocking her front teeth out and leaving her with a concussion. It took four teachers to get one of the boys off her.
Now, Morgan's family is demanding answers.
“I feel like they really did not do anything to help protect her. Those boys were not removed from the bus when she was hit on the bus. I was never notified,” said Morgan’s mother, Danielle Gauthier. Morgan’s family is calling for the McLaughlin School principal to step down.
In the meantime, the school superintendent is promising a complete investigation. “Violence will not be tolerated in our schools and there are consequences for individuals who do not comply with the district’s policies and/or the student code of conduct,” the school administrator said in a statement.
Manchester Police are also investigating the alleged assault and the family is considering legal action. In the meantime, Morgan has transferred schools to avoid further bullying.
“She has nightmares when she talks about it she starts shaking. She trembles,” Gauthier says.
“I’m just scared because a couple of days ago I saw him," Morgan says. "He was walking down the street right here."