Mom Seeks Discipline After Child is Choked at School

The mother of a young girl who attends Brookfield Elementary is worried about her daughter's safety after she was assaulted on the playground.

Heather Rorrer, the mother of a 7-year-old girl who reported being choked with a jump rope by a boy in her class during recess at , said Tuesday she is uncomfortable with sending her daughter back to school after meeting with the principal.  

Rorrer met with principal Mary Miller to discuss what could be done to prevent her daughter, Jasmine, from being bullied again. Rorrer said school officials told her the boy would be placed into a different class and kept away from Jasmine while at recess.  Rorrer does not think this is an acceptable solution.

"I just want my daughter to be safe at school," Rorrer said.  "I don't think that child should be at Jasmine's school anymore. I think he needs to go to a special school where they can handle special problems like that."

Rorrer said Jasmine told her she was playing hide-and-seek with her friends last Thursday when the boy started to push her and call her names.  He then chased her, jump rope in hand, to behind the trailers.  

"He held her down and wrapped the jump rope around her neck," Rorrer said.  Jasmine told her mom that the boy tied the jump rope around a pole and left her there.  Rorrer said Jasmine told her she could only see one teacher, who was too far away to hear her cries for help. Two of Jasmine's friends found her and untied her.  Rorrer said Jasmine said "he was laughing the whole time."

Rorrer said that after she was contacted and arrived at the school, she took Jasmine to Fair Oaks Hospital where the police were contacted.  Don Gotthardt with the Fairfax County Police Department's Public Information Office confirmed that police responded to the hospital to "take a report of a simple assault."  Gotthardt also said the investigation is ongoing.  

Paul Regnier, spokesman for Fairfax County Public Schools, would not discuss details related to this specific incident. "We take it very seriously and will take appropriate action," he said.

Rorrer said the same boy has been bullying her daughter since October 2010 by "calling her fat, ugly and things like that." Jasmine told her mom that he "picked up a chair and hit her in the head with it" about three or four months ago. After that incident, Jasmine's teacher e-mailed Rorrer to tell her the boy was sent home early and Jasmine was in the clinic.  School officials would not tell Rorrer if, or to what extent, the boy was disciplined.  

Rorrer said the latest incident could have been prevented if the school had taken better safety precautions. She feels that she relied too much on the school system to protect her child. 

To ensure Jasmine's safety, Rorrer has sought legal counsel from Mayo J. Wilson of Patrick Henry LLP.

Jasmine had not returned to school on Tuesday. She told her mom that she missed her friends, but she was afraid to go back.

A video interview with Jasmine can be viewed here.

theresa faris April 14, 2011 at 02:12 PM
everyone is saying how money hungry my daughter is well thats not true we are trying to protect my grandaughter from this child and if any of you have children you would do the same.
Melissa G. April 14, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Theresa, what happened to your grandaughter is awful. This sounds like it is not an isolated incident. Good for her mother for being her child's advocate. I hope your grandaughter gets the help she needs to heal emotionally, and I hope the bully is removed from the school and given treatment for his problems. I don't know if I'd have gone public with the story, but I would have contacted a lawyer based on the poor response from the school system. Has the boy or his parents apologized?
cgriener April 14, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Theresa: I know the Principal at Brookfield. Mrs. Miller allowed bullying when she was AP at another school. Not only did she ignore bullying among students she relished in the bullying of teachers by other teachers. You should demand an apology and a transfer to another school. You should also complain to Jack Dale though don't hold your breath getting help from him either
Patrick Batu April 14, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Ok, what I don't understand is if this bully has been doing it for quite some time then why hasn't he been transferred? Why does it always seem like the victim child and their family have to be the ones to change their lives and uproot themselves. It should be the other way around!
Joy Mowry Schwartz April 14, 2011 at 05:11 PM
How terrible. Poor Jasmine. I don't think this is about money at all. This is about the safety of a young girl who has been consistently bullied. Where are FCPS Discipline procedures in this case??
Billie Jo Hawley April 14, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I have know Heather since she was 5 years old,and if any one is saying this is about money,you obviously don't know Heather.She is a wonderful mother,who would do anything for her children.She is a woman who not only cares about her children,but is very concerned for the safety and well being of the other students in the school.I have dealt with Fairfax county in the past and have found that there has never been any accoutability on their part for just about any situation.The Principal and teachers involved should hand in their resignations,A child could of died,do you want it to be yours.It very well could be your child next, this student is being moved to another classroom,what a joke,the countys way of dealing with problems,move the student around.He needs to be put in a special school for children with emotional problems.This is not a normal first grader.So if you want to say anything about this situation,put yourself and your child in Heather and Jasmine's place and tell me how you would handle it.I think she should hit Fairxfax county hard ,make them be resposible and accoutable in every way possible.Good luck to you and your family Heather,we are all here for you.Love you.
Bruce young April 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM
when I was much younger in catholic school I was chased and bullied for a school year nothing was done except they were told to stop. I still remember I am 62 now. I was in the 5th grade.
AEK April 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM
So let me get this straight... in Fairfax county, if you have any kind of medicine at school, legal or otherwise, you can be suspended for months, forced to transfer to another school, or expelled. But a child who viciously assaults another child gets a slap on the wrist??? What is wrong with the disciplinary system in Fairfax County? And what has been done to the teacher, who couldn't be bothered to watch the kids she was supposed to be supervising?
Kathy April 15, 2011 at 02:43 AM
I am very glad the little girl is okay. I think the supervising teacher and the principal need to be fired.
Lisa K. Brown April 15, 2011 at 06:26 AM
Rorrer said that Jasmine's class had a substitute teacher that day. She was told that the substitute had been talked to, but she didn't know if any action had been taken against that teacher.
Missy April 15, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Note: I know for a fact that this Principal "Mary Miller" takes no action against bullying whether it is kid to kid or even teacher to teacher. I worked with her at another school. She has her favorite kids and teachers and those can get away with anything. ;SHE SHOULD BE FIRED and charged with endangering a child's life.
Marcy Baggette November 06, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Never, never, never should a child face abuse from bullies and from the system. Schools let countless incidents go unreported because they do not want blemishes on their "report card." Please take whatever action you can to gain closure and a new sense of security and trust for this little girl (and other children.) I speak from experience...
Marcy Baggette November 06, 2011 at 09:32 PM
That sums it up, I'm afraid. I heard of a girl who was EXPELLED a couple years ago for having 2 Midol tablets at school. The boy who strangled my son on the playground (it took 5 kids to save my son's life!) was forced to tell my son he was sorry.
Marcy Baggette November 06, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I wish that I had the sense that Heather had when my child was similarly attacked. It has been about 6 years and we still don't have closure. If there is anything my kids and I can do, please let us know! That may actually help us to heal...
rick December 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
My son was choked with a belt today, same scenario the nurse called said he was fine after she "looked" at him the gave me suggestive thought that it may only have been out of natural play fun, my son tells it very differently....
rick December 20, 2012 at 03:59 AM
My son was choked with a belt today, same scenario the nurse called said he was fine after she "looked" at him the gave me suggestive thought that it may only have been out of natural play fun, my son tells it very differently
Rea Valley April 26, 2013 at 02:56 AM
My daughter was choked yesterday by another student in her class in the bathroom. My daughter came home and told me, as soon as she told me.. I got on the phone with the Vice Principle and told him that she was choked in the bathroom, and he told me he would handle this so it does not happen again. Well today he called my daughter and the other girl into the office to get my daughters story, and told them that they are not allowed to be in the same bathroom anymore. The girl who choked my daughter, didn't get into no trouble at all, and the parents were not contacted either. I feel so bad for my daughter because shes only in Kindergarten, and shes been bullied this whole year.Its to the point I don't even wanna send my daughter to school anymore. I am totally clueless on what to do, I feel helpless. I just want this girl held responsible and the parents for doing this to my daughter. Any advise is much appreciated.


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