Allegations of Unchecked Bullying at Middle School Made by Parents
Last updated 1/5/2023 at 11:36am
Parents of current and former Key Peninsula Middle School students are demanding change, claiming bullying is an ongoing issue unchecked by school administration, notably Principal Jeri Goebel.
Though the outcry stems from a recent post on the Key Peninsula, Washington Facebook page that drew nearly 250 comments, some parents said they've reported bullying at the school for the last 16 years with little or no response at times.
Heidi Michaelson, whose son is a sixth grader at KPMS, wrote the original post: "When will KPMS finally do anything about the bullying problem they have?" She said her son was seriously assaulted in a hallway at KPMS in November.
Others posted similar experiences, some claiming their kids see violence and hear verbal abuse on school grounds regularly. Two parents told KP News their children searched online for suicide methods after being bullied.
Between the start of the school year and press time in mid-December, Peninsula School District received seven written reports of harassment, intimidation or bullying at KPMS - far beyond any other in the district (see sidebar). It's the only PSD school that has suspended students for this type of behavior.
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