Belen mom alleges school won't do enough to stop bullying of son | KOB 4

Belen mom alleges school won't do enough to stop bullying of son

Megan Abundis
September 23, 2018 10:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Emergency room visits, choking and bruises—a Belen mom says bullies at Central Elementary School are behind it all, alleging administrators aren't doing enough to keep her son safe at school.

Nadine Osburn's 11-year-old has visited the ER three times in just three weeks since the school year started. Ever since she says the bullying began, the sixth grader has made suicidal comments and has been diagnosed with depression from UNM Hospital pediatricians.

"He's being targeted," Osburn said. "He's afraid to go to school. He's been told if he tells an adult, he's going to be hurt worse."

She says her son has returned home from school in pain. She alleges bruises on his neck are the results of bullies choking him, and internal bruising on his chest is from them trying to flip him.

The mother says she has reached out to the Belen School District for help and filed a police report because the bullying hasn't stopped.

"I went to the school, talked to the principal, we've seen a school counselor, talked to the nurse. We have gone to the superintendent; it was a lot of unanswered questions," Osburn said.

In response to this story, the Belen School superintendent told KOB in a statement that "the school district takes any and all allegations very seriously. Unfortunately, I'm not at liberty to discuss situations of any matter of an individual student."

Meanwhile, Osburn has written a letter to the school board, New Mexico's Public Education Department and the Belen mayor seeking help. She's also contacted a child therapist.

"11-year-olds shouldn't have that kind of knowledge. They should worry about what cartoons are coming on on Saturday morning and what favorite cereal they have or their favorite video games this day and age," she said. "Not, 'I'm going to stab you' or calling my son gay, telling him he should go kill himself, telling him how he should kill himself or how he's going to be killed."

She was told by the district that there would be meetings to discuss her son's safety, but none have been scheduled as of Sunday evening.


Megan Abundis

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