VONORE (WATE) - Is a school system doing enough to protect students from bullying? One Monroe County mother doesn't think so. In fact, she reached out to 6 News to express her concerns after her autistic son was hurt in his middle school's hallway.
Shy and smart, 13-year-old John Ensor is a 6th grade student at Vonore Middle School. Back in November, he was diagnosed with a mild form of autism.
"He comes home telling me that kids are saying this and that to him, picking, name calling, just anything to push his buttons," said his mother Tonya McDonald.
On Thursday, McDonald says bullying at school took a turn for the worse, "He was at his locker and wasn't doing anything. Some boys came up and bumped into him and asked what he was going to do about it."
John wound up with a bloody nose and that was the last straw for McDonald.
"It kills me to know that when I'm dropping him off at school that I never know what's going to happen," she said.
The Monroe County School System says they are aware of the incident and they're taking appropriate actions to deal with it. School policy states bullying is not tolerated and students not following rules can face corrective or disciplinary action, up to suspension.
"I think more needs to be done at the school about bullying. I know he's not the only one," said McDonald.
That's why she wants tougher consequences, and soon. "I don't even want him to walk back in the doors of that school," she said.
We asked the school system what actions they were specifically taking with these students, and we've not received an answer yet.