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Mother of bullied student pleads her case to school board

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The mother of a bullied Buffalo Public School student voiced her displeasure again. The school district said its investigation is over.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's a story the Buffalo Public School Board has become familiar with.

"The man in charge in the district who was supposed to handle the cases of bullying told me he had never heard of the case, despite our daughter having been bullied until she was ready to kill herself for two solid years," CarmenRose Brittan said to the board Wednesday.

Brittan again publicly challenged the investigation into the bullying at City Honors she said pushed her daughter to consider suicide, but an attorney for the district said it was thorough.

"The BPS did request Ms. Brittan's permission to interview her daughter and was able to complete its investigation and issue sound findings and recommendations," lawyer Chris Putrino said.

"They never asked to speak to her, never once," Brittan said. "They have zero proof that they did. It simply did not happen."

She said the principal, not an investigator, spoke to her daughter.

"He asked her if this particular child was bullying her and she just denied it. She was scared. She had to go back to that cafeteria and sit with that girl," she said.

"Should Mrs. Brittan remain displeased and pursue her concerns through other avenues, the district will participate with such processes openly, honestly and with fidelity," Putrino said.

Brittan said she doesn't want to file a lawsuit. She is reaching out to the State Education Commissioner though.

"I would like Commissioner King to come down and look at how the investigation was conducted," she said.

She has also reached out to her representatives at the state level and hopes her story can lead to other bullied children being better protected.

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