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Mom Of Bullying Victim: 'My Daughter Could Have Died'

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The mother of a Sumner County Middle School students said her daughter tried to speak up about being the victim of bullying but no one stepped in to stop it.

"Cheyanne (my daughter) knows that I'm here and we talked about it and she says 'if it's going to help other kids please go and talk about this,'" Shannon Lopez said about opening up to the media about her 13-year-old's attempted suicide last Tuesday.

This is the second time in two weeks a Sumner County School system student has come forward after being bullied.

"We've got a big problem on our hands," said the mother of three.

Things had been going well for Cheyanne this year. Her grades were up at Shafer Middle School but then a few weeks ago, her mom said the bullying started.

"She did what she was supposed to do, she went to a grown up she trusted and was looking for help and didn't get it," said her mom said about the situation.

Cheyanne went to her guidance counselor two or three times no one, her mom said, ever stepped in to stop it. Then came last Tuesday.

"I can't even tell you what it's like to get a phone call, saying 'mom I overdosed,' from your little girl," Shannon explained holding back tears.

Shannon can't help but think that her daughter did everything she was supposed to do.

"She said I didn't know what else to do, nobody was listening and I asked her why didn't you tell me, and she said 'I didn't want you to worry,"' Shannon adds.

But Shannon and Cheyanne don't want this story to be about them. Yes, they want some accountability on the part of the Sumner County school district but more than anything they don't want it to happen again.

"I'm scared there are other Cheyanne's out there that are not being heard or aren't being protected," Shannon says.

The Sumner County School district responded with this statement:  

Our entire Shafer Middle School community has been saddened by this unfortunate incident. Our principal has been in daily contact with the mother of the student involved and has pledged the full assistance and support of Shafer Middle School during this very difficult time. Our director of schools has als o contacted the mother of the student involved to express his support and has been closely monitoring this situation.


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