Washington County school officials are investigating a bullying incident against a 12-year-old boy. The boy's parents are outraged and say their son has been the repeated victim of bullies.
It finally got so bad, the Bartlesville boy locked himself up in the safety of a school bathroom stall and his parents went to the police.
The Bartlesville Madison Middle School student says he was jumped by five boys.
"They knocked me down and kicked me in the stomach," the victim said. "Hit me in the stomach too."
It happened while they were returning to the building after an outside science class project.
"It just amazes me it got to this point," the victim's dad said.
Because he fears retaliation, we're protecting their identities. He says bullying has happened every single school day.
"I just try to ignore it most of the time, but sometimes it doesn't work," the victim said.
He said things like name calling and milk being poured in his backpack occur almost daily.
"They call me retard," the boy said. "They rip up my papers."
Then this week, after being jumped, he ran and locked himself in a bathroom stall, texting his dad, "just get me out of this school."
"You're angry and you're upset, you're frustrated," the boy's father said. "You take your kids to school and it should be a safe environment."
The boy's parents filed a report with Bartlesville police and took their son to the ER to be checked out.
"When it's your child, and you start to see a change in them because they're constantly terrorized, it's really upsetting," the father said.
He's OK physically; the hassles can be heartbreaking and take an emotional toll.
"It wasn't as bad in 6th grade," the boy said.
The parents want others to know bullying is a very real problem and they say not enough is being done to help those who've been bullied.
They want kids, parents, educators and everyone to know, bullying isn't funny, it's not cool, and it's not safe.
"It needs to end before it gets out of control, way out of control," the boy said.
At the very least, the boy's parents want teachers to pay more attention and parents to be more aware.
They'd like legislation that requires anyone caught bullying and their parents to undergo mandatory bullying awareness training.