Roswell middle school shooting victim's father asks for help in stopping bullies

Updated: 09/02/2014 10:12 PM | Created: 09/02/2014 9:40 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ROSWELL -- A Roswell eighth-grader will not be allowed back at Berrendo Middle School after he admitted to writing a threatening message directed at shooting victim Nathaniel Tavarez.

Kendal Sanders was the other victim of that January shooting, and Tuesday night, her father spoke with KOB about the changes he wants to see happen at the school to address the shooting and bullying in general.

Six months after his daughter was shot, Bert Sanders says he expected to see Berrendo Middle School make some adjustments to the way bullying is dealt with, but says he hasn't seen anything yet.

"Once it's dealt with and it happens – where's the follow up?" Sanders said. "There's no follow up to any of this stuff."

He says it’s a painful reality to see Kendal still dealing with the aftermath of the January shooting.

"My daughter, she got shot. I see her go through pain every day," Sanders said. "She has scars, she can't do a lot of stuff that normal kids can do anymore, and it's ridiculous. People need to step up to the plate, and now is the time to do it."

Sanders says he wants to see schools take a different approach.

"To be able to go in there and shoot kids, there's something wrong," Sanders said. "They need to step it up; they need to have trained security and need to have more counselors in the schools."

"I want the governor to fight for change [with] the bullying, the laws against bullying, the punishment in schools. You know if they're bullying in schools, deal with it. Don't just talk to them and stuff; the principal needs to pull them in there and send them to counseling."

Kendal still has over 150 shotgun pellets in her body, which can't be removed because they're near major organs.

"She's having problems with her leg now, the nerves in her leg. The pellets, I guess, are floating around probably," Sanders said of his daughter's injuries. "Her arm sometimes just goes numb like it's dead; doctors tell her she has nerve damage for life because she had that blood loss in her arm, and pretty much it's looking like she's going to just live with the pain."

Sanders says he wants to get a group of parents together to advocate against bullying.

Sanders has given out his phone number for other parents to call. You can reach him at (575) 420-1873.

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