Mom claims Harford Co. Schools aren't protecting her child from bullies

ABERDEEN, Md. - Seth Budrow is comfortable with himself, even though his mom recognizes he's an easy target. 

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"He walks kind of odd," said Amy Lindecamp, Seth's mom. "Prior to his braces, that was one of the biggest pick-ons, you know buck teeth beaver," she said.

Lindecamp says the verbal harassment turned physical at Aberdeen High School.

"He was being harassed by a group of children for several months, the same group. And on the way home from school one day he got punched right in the face," said Lindecamp.

Lindecamp says over the past year and a half, she and her son have filled out eight bullying report forms, but she believes school administrators aren't holding up their end of the deal starting with the forms that should be throughout schools.

The Director of Student Services for Harford County Public Schools talked with us about the bullying policies.

"The forms would always be available in the main office, the administrative office, school counseling office, health center, media center, places like that," said Stephen Lentowski.

The parent's guide says it too. Reporting forms should be available throughout the school, along with a secure drop box.

"I couldn't sit here and say that with certainty there's a drop box in every school," said Lentowski.

Lindecamp says they're not inside Aberdeen High School and there's more that's missing.

"They're supposed to have mediation, counseling, they're supposed to check back with the victim and the offender and make sure it's not reoccurring," said Lindecamp.

Lindecamp says Aberdeen High has never done that for Seth.

"The school administration, it could be a school counselor, it could be other staff, would be following up with both the victim and the perpetrator of the incident to follow up and make sure it's not reoccurring," said Lentowski.

The policies are acknowledged, but at least one parent says they're not practiced. Lindecamp fears the worst.

"He walked in the front door and he said mom what is it going to take? Do I have to get stabbed before the school will do anything," said Lindecamp.

Lentowski could only speak about Harford County's bullying policies since Lindecamp has filed a civil lawsuit.  She claims her rights for advocating for her child have been violated.

We asked if the principal's evaluation is tied to the number of bullying reports, but Lentowski says he's not aware of that being a factor. He does point out the school system has implemented a number of programs to try to prevent bullying and that if the problem continues the student can ask to be transferred.

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