WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Patrick Vining calls it “very disturbing.” A video that’s been shared on social media shows his son being repeatedly struck inside a classroom at Wentzville Middle School.
Vining says a teacher was inside the classroom and one student recorded the video while the other assaulted his son.
“I was appalled,” he said.
Vining says it’s the second time his son was attacked inside the school and wants the district to do more to try and prevent bullying.
“If we can make a change and be a catalyst for that change here in the community, that’s what we’re looking for,” he said.
Tina Meier is a well-known advocate for victims of bullying. She started the Megan Meier Foundation in honor of her daughter Megan, who was bullied and eventually took her own life.
“Bullying is everywhere,” Meier said.
Meier says many districts need more counselors and social workers to help ensure students are safe and believes school districts need more funding for resources related to anti-bullying efforts.
“What we really want to look at is how can we make more of an effort within schools to provide the schools with the supports so that when these things happen, they can work with a counselor, they can work with groups and can work on conflict resolution,” she said.
Vining is calling on the Wentzville School District to review its policies and look for ways to stop bullying.
“As a community, we should come together and push the district to really review those policies and see if we can make a change,” he said.
The Wentzville School District released the following statement:
“The video referenced and shared on social media is disturbing and we take any harm to our students or staff very seriously. We regret that this situation occurred, and although we cannot share specifics with regard to students or disciplinary matters, we can share that the incident was investigated immediately and reported to local law enforcement. The safety of our students is always our primary concern and we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.”