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MINNESOTA -- A Minnesota mother is hoping a video she posted online will help stop the bullying of her daughter on the school bus.

The mother says her little girl has visited the principal's office at least half a dozen times to ask for help.

The video that has already been shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The video shows a third-grade girl crying and unable to talk about the bullying that she has been experiencing. Her brother has to describe what the bullying at school is like for his big sister as she cries her eyes out.

"This guy on the playground said, 'You're gonna die by suicide they called me a son of a *** and a motherf***er,'" the brother said.

"You tell her you're stronger than that. You're better than that. You tell them they're worth something. Because they feel they're worth nothing. You tell them there's adults and people to help you. They're people to help you. The school will help you," said mother Sarah Cymbaluk.

Fosston Public Schools Superintendent Mark Nohner said this just landed on his radar despite the parents' claim that they've been trying to get something done since December.

"I found out about the situation a couple of days ago and I think it could have been resolved without going to Facebook," said Nohner.

"She's been called into the principal and made to feel like it's her fault. She's been told to ignore it. She's been told to disregard it, basically she's been told to stuff your emotions and get on with life," said Cymbaluk.

In the video, the girl tells the audience she went to the principal five times about the incidents and she said nothing was done about them.

School officials admitted that they dropped the ball.

"Obviously somewhere along the line it fell through the cracks. So we need to review our procedures and policies and maybe do a better job articulating to the parents what we're doing, even though we can't be specific, we need to do a better job of getting that communication out there," Nohner said.

Cymbaluk said their daughter was called "a lesbian, it's gotten physical, she's come home with scratches and bruises."

"I want to feel like I'm wanted in the school and people like me," the girl says in the video.

Cymbaluk said bullying is not just a problem that's happening in Fosston but across schools everywhere.

"She said, 'You know what I want. I want it to never happen to another kid again,'" Cymbaluk said.

School officials say they're investigating but can't elaborate on any disciplinary action because of confidentiality laws.


  • Chucky

    The girl is in the third grade and it says that she has come home with scratches and bruises. The bully needs to be punished if they are continuing the abuse.

  • Cindy

    Educate the parents and the kids about the ramifications of bullying! Bullies should be punished by suspension! There is NO excuse for the school administration to have ignored this child’s complaints! The parents made the correct decision to post this issue on social media! Hopefully it opened some eyes and caused some embarrassment so now the principal and others will take this more seriously!

    • Trish

      Parents also need to enforce punishment for bullying … as children, we feared our parents punishment more than anything else that could happen to us, because we knew it would be swift and severe. We didn’t dare act up, act out, or pick on someone else. My brother had his mouth washed out with Ivory soap for cussing at my Mother … the others of us just kept our mouth shut, because if we spoke at that time, we knew we would be next.

  • FaithC

    It seems schools choose to do nothing about situations like this until it is brought to the public eye. Parents need to show up in the principals office with a lawyer. Tell them they will start a lawsuit against the prinicipal for knowing about abuse and not doing anything about it. Not one for money, but a criminal one. Also include the parents of the kid who is the bully.

    • anon

      Most schools have an SRO, who you can contact about the problem (I suggest with the leaders of the school). Because the children are in most cases minors, you would need to petition the courts for a charge.

  • kilroys

    This makes me sick. I was forced to pull my youngest daughter oit of Streetsboro public schools because she was being jumped and bullied daily not only by girls but 6 boys beating on her. I was in yhe principals office everyday, went to the superattenant, filed police reports and guess what IT WAS ALL COVERED UP!! These schools dont care about our kids anymore. I love k12. I see a new girl that is happy to learn and feels safe.

  • be there too many times with my children

    and people wonder why children bring guns to school when they get old enough to get their hands on one.

  • B

    I didn’t even read this article but just the headlines. Really, and why is this news worthy?? There is no end to bully behavior. It continues even when you become an adult so fight back or walk away and deal with it. We all have good days and bad days when having to deal with other human beings and it just part of growing up. Yes, some children and young adults are over sensitive and need help and support from bullies. The problem is, it’s hard to get someone to help and when you seek help there’s not much that can be done until something bad happens and then it’s too late.

    • P

      B unless you read the article you should probably opt out of commenting. Yes bullying happens all over. But this parent did what was needed to stop it. I would pull my child OUT of that school so fast it would make their head spin! Apparently the principal is incompetent. And bullying isnt just for students. There are issues at my daughters school with a TEACHER who is a first year teacher being bullied by her own students. The principal at that school doesnt really seem to care either.

  • Ann Delaney

    “I found out about the situation a couple of days ago and I think it could have been resolved without going to Facebook,” said Nohner. – This superintendent needs to be fired for a comment like that after acknowledging the school dropped the ball. She went to the principal FIVE times and was ignored. I applaud them for going to Facebook. The school needs to be investigated for similar things going on. I would put money on it that this is not the only kid being bullied.

  • james

    I used to take up for kids when i was in school when i saw them being bullied, I was suspended multiple times for fighting because no one else would stand up for them, Being bullied is no laughing matter and it does cause damage, It causes some of these children to commit suicide and why? Because they are made to feel as if they don’t belong? If i were to see someone being bullied today, I would run up to stop it, If there are more than one, then so be it, Just more of a challenge for me when i start knocking their teeth out

  • Kat

    James, I don’t think you are bully, you just don’t run from a situation that others would. Even if it isn’t the smartest decision. LOL

    I have a friend that had to pull her daughter from Wallburg Elem. due to bullying, not just by other students, but even by a teacher. My friend actually went to the school and sat in class for a few days. The teacher was fine while mom was there, but the students still tried to bully the girl. Why? B/C kids are not taught respect for other adults. They are taught that if another adult fuss at them then mom and dad will handle that adult, not to mention if the touch them (and I mean as in putting their hands on the shoulders, grabbing their hand, or even pulling them apart in a fight). I hate to see what our next generation will be like.

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  • James Williams

    I was bullied as a child because I stuttered. I still stutter. I remember the names of the three main characters who bullied me. I am now 63 years old. If I ever meet up with the three who did this to me, they will remember me. I will make sure they will never forget me. Once you are bullied, you will never forget it.

  • T

    I’ve actually been through this myself…I went to a Catholic school and they said that if someone picks on you then you should tell. Yet when I told the teachers or head of the school they basically said “don’t be a tattle tell” or to simply ignore them. Then I went to charter school and made few attempts to tell the teachers and yet again nothing was done. I told my mother and she decided to go to the school and several occasions ((both the previous school and the charter)) and the teachers all ended up yelling at me for not telling them when I really did tell them and they did nothing. So I completely understand what this girl is going through.

  • James Cannon

    Most teachers and school administrators in America are great people .But Mr Nohner and the teachers at his school seem to be exceptions to the rule. I am glad this has been exposed on Facebook! James Cannon 828-668-6083.

  • Laura Gardner

    Anyone had teachers bulling kids? My nephew has been bullied by his teacher. She has called him a name in front of the class and then the other kids started calling him the name she called him. I went right to her with it and she just said she was joking but did apologized to him but not in front of the class. Teachers need to watch what they say. Humiliation of a student in front of the class is just bulling by an adult.

  • Danny

    I don’t condone fighting or violence but with that being said. The parents and the child tried to go through the proper channels. I would say it would come down to this. I would give a free pass to my child to knock the teeth out of anyone of the bullies with no worries of any kind of consequences from me. Yes, they might get their butt kicked but as long as they put up a fight and showed them they mean business. For the most part, the rest would leave them alone. We as Americans have kind of wimpyfied our children and it’s us, as parents, fault.

  • jaymetal

    This is horrid. All I can say is I took direct hits from bullies throughout my 8th grade till the 10th grade until I was forced to make the decision to quit in order to save my own life. Unfortunately, I grew up in a time where the word bully was never heard of or mentioned and if it ever was it was taken lightheartedly. This takes me down that road again and I relive it each time I hear a story where a child is bullied unrelentingly. I am sorry the intent to make places safe for children and make things a bully free zone is slow in coming. It still is a serious issue. It is still creating hostile environments. It is still causing senseless death. I hurt for everyone of us that had something taken from us at such an early age. It might get better as you move on with life, but it never leaves your heart no matter if you are 9 or 90. It kills the spirit. You just learn to move forward and deal with it the best you can. Big hug for the little girl. You’re beautiful.

  • Annon

    I think that if criminal charges are brought against the school officials when they do nothing might change the policy of sweeping it under the rug. It is horrible that the officials there to teach and protect your children are failing.

  • Marie

    I think that no one should bully because it doesn’t matter if u are fat or skinny.if u constantly do it u think that doesn’t leave scars because it dose if u were a tall kid and ur friends are short it doesn’t matter u have a bond my ❤️ Go to Lizzy

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