Mother says kindergartner's bullying has escalated, turned sexual
GREENE COUNTY, Iowa (WHO-TV) -- A Greene County family says they've pulled their kindergartner from school a second time this year because of bullying.
Recess is one of the highlights of just about every elementary school kid's day.
"I like to have fun," said kindergartener Destiny Hofbauer.
But Thursday, after repetitive bullying, recess turned into a nightmare on the swing set for Destiny.
"Yesterday, she was at school and the little boy said he was going to take his pants down," Destiny's mother, Angela Milakovich.
Photos of Destiny
That's when Destiny says the little boy became angry and pushed her off the swing.
"I was swinging high and then I did a flip and I banged my head on the rocks," Destiny said.
Milakovich said the bullying is not only physical, it has also turned sexual.
"The same little boy is telling her to suck his private parts," Milakovich said.
Greene County Community schools Superintendent Tim Christensen says they don't take the matter lightly.
"Bullying is something we absolutely don't want happening in our school district. We take it very seriously," Christensen said.
But Milakovich says the bullying has been happening since the fall.
"For two weeks, we pulled her out because she was getting picked on," she said.
Bullying takes a physical toll on any child, but Destiny is also diagnosed with epilepsy, which makes the situation all the more difficult.
"She was coming home and was so upset that it was causing seizures, it was triggering seizures," Milakovich said.
Christensen said a plan is now in place to prevent the bullying all together.
"To the best of my knowledge, a plan is being put in place to keep the students separated as much as possible," he said.
But as of now, the kids are still in the same classroom.
"Why would you not switch classrooms? Why would you allow this to go on?" Milakovich said.
And 6-year-old Destiny agrees.
"I just want him to be in a different class and me to be in a different class," she said.
Milakovich said Density will now go to therapy.
"I just want him to stop bullying me so I could be my old self," Destiny said.
Milakovich said the school did notify her by phone immediately after Destiny was allegedly pushed from the swing set. She plans to discuss the ongoing bullying at next Wednesday's Greene County School Board meeting.