VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (WAVY) – A grandmother tells us about the hardships she and her family continue to face as they attempt to move her granddaughter after facing countless threats from bullies.
Kim Cousins and her daughter Natasha first shared their story in early December, after their 12-year-old dropped out of school at Southside STEM Academy in Norfolk for almost a month.
Cousins filed for and was granted a 14-day protection order for his granddaughter from one of his suspected bullies.
Cousins said on Wednesday a judge at the Norfolk Juvenile and Family Relations Court dismissed the request to extend the order.
Since the previous 10 On Your Side report, she says she heard from former teachers at the school.
“It’s just frustrating. It’s very frustrating, ”she said. “When I hear this from other teachers who were there that let me know that a lot of this has happened and that they have informed their administrators, and it doesn’t go beyond the administrators and nothing n is being done, it’s really sad.
She says she hasn’t heard from current school or district officials about the situation, but hopes to see changes to the school in the new year.
“I think they just need to redo all the administration and start over at this school,” Cousins said. “They need more resources, people in there. They just need to redo the whole school.
Cousins says she spoke to the Virginia Department of Education about the threats, as well as an incident in which she says a student leaked a half-naked photo of her granddaughter.
She says nothing will stop her or her daughter from stepping back to help.
“A lot of people will just say it’s not worth it. It is worth it for me because I need to see her succeed, ”she said. “I have to let him know I’m here. I will be here. I will do what I can to make sure you get what you need.
Faced with so many uncertainties in this New Year, she feels one thing: optimism.
“Good will come and I believe that from all this good will come. I really do it because I want the best for her.
Cousins says she is working to get custody of her granddaughter so she can get into a safer school in Virginia Beach.
Norfolk Public Schools have released a new Bullying Prevention Tool, which allows any member of the school community to notify the district of incidents.
To learn more about the program and report a tip, visit https://nps-va.safeschoolsalert.com.