Clarksville Family Seeking Millions For Alleged Bullying
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Quiet by nature, Baiylea Gold's mother said she's becoming more and more of an introvert.
"Baiylea has completely shut down," Anissa Gold said.
Baiylea said she's been bullied by a classmate at Rossview Middle School for a year.
"Every time I see her I just get scared," Baiylea added. "She was saying stuff. She just called me out of my name."
Baiylea said she does not respond, even after the words turned physical on the school bus.
"She pulled me out of my seat," Baiylea said about the ordeal in November 2011. "She pulled my hair out and she just kept hitting me."
Anissa Gold is keeping a record of her numerous complaints, including warnings that the fight could happen. Baiylea's sister, Ashley, said she received a note from the bully's sister. The two high school students have also had their problems in the past.
"She wrote a note and signed it saying that after school on a particular Friday the two bullies were going to attack my daughters," Anissa Gold explained. "But they didn't do it that particular day. They waited until another day."
A judge put the bullies on probation and ordered that they not have contact with Baiylea and her sister. Still the district, the Gold's say, allowed the bullies to continue riding on the same school bus.
"If we don't stand up for our kids who will," Gold said.
Armed with their evidence, they say enough is enough.
"We have filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against the Montgomery County School Board, the former principal at Rossview Middle, the principal at Rossview High, the bus driver and the mother," Gold explained.
Gold said it's not about the money, it's about the message.
"We tried to settle it at the ground level. We went to the proper authorities, the principal, the [school resource officer], even to the school board and no one took this seriously. Now it's time to have a wake-up call," she said.
The Gold's have asked a judge to waive the fee associated with filing the lawsuit. If granted, then the parties identified will be served. As of right now Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools have not received anything. A spokesperson with the district said because of privacy laws, she cannot comment on the allegations.