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RAYMORE, MO (KCTV) -

More parents are contacting KCTV5 saying their kids are being bullied in the Ray-Pec School District.

The night before KCTV5 reported on the story of a mother who said she pulled her daughter out of school because the bullying got so bad and the district wasn't doing enough. Friday the district released new information on bullying cases and another family says the situation is getting out of hand.

Raymore-Peculiar High School has a student body of about 2,000 kids. They've had close to 40 recorded reports of bullying so far this school year.

"She came home crying Wednesday and Thursday and I didn't send her back to school on Friday, I'd had enough," Lana Rodick, a Ray-Pec parent.

Rodick just made the tough call to pull her daughter Miranda out of school at Ray-Pec High School. She's just a sophomore and she'll now finish high school online, all because of bullying.

"It's just constant digging," Rodick said.

Looking for support the family started a Facebook page called ‘Parents Against Bullies at Ray-Pec Schools'.

"And it started to just explode. We had no idea how many parents were out there who were extremely upset with how things were being handled in this district," Rodick said.

Friday, Ray-Pec High School said they had 14 cases of harassment or intimidation this school year that led to a student being disciplined. The punishments are confidential.

The school district handled 23 more reported conflicts through mediation that involved the kids sitting down, sometimes with other students, sometimes with a counselor, to work through the issue.

"It just plain and simple didn't work because the minute the girls left that room it was right back to old hat," Rodick said.

Rodick said things actually got worse and her daughter was called a tattletale. It got so bad, she said. That the girls wound up in a physical fight and Miranda was suspended and sent to juvenile court.

Miranda's mom said it should have never gotten to that point.

"We did lots of going to the principals, going to the counselors," Rodick said.

She believes Ray-Pec's policies now just aren't doing enough to protect kids.

"The school really needs to handle things a little bit differently. They need to come up with different ways, different policies," Rodick said.

A spokesperson for Ray-Pec Schools told KCTV5 they take every report of bullying seriously and investigate them all. She said they want to partner with parents to address cyber bullying, which has made bullying a 24/7 concern.

The spokesperson's also working to gather more information on how the district follows through after a mediation to make sure students don't fall back into the same bad patterns.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was asked how Ray-Pec's bullying and numbers sized up to other districts. DESE said the state does not monitor or keep track of those numbers.

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