Parents, students in Monroe-Woodbury S.D. call for stricter anti-bullying measures

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Parents and students in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District are calling for stricter anti-bullying measures following the apparent suicide of a freshman.

Trish Arrante, of Highland Mills, says going to middle school nearly claimed her daughter's life. She says bullying became a daily problem for her daughter in the seventh grade. Arrante says it got so bad that her daughter was hospitalized and had to be transferred to private school.

"It's supposed to be one place my kids feel safe - there and home," says Arrante. "She didn't feel safe at all."

According to Arrante, she never once heard from the principal or vice principal. She says it was like they were protecting the bullies and not the bullied.

In 2011, the district had eight students who either attempted, threatened or committed suicide. Authorities confirm that a 14-year-old student took his life just this week.

A former student who graduated last year says bullying is a problem that needs to be addressed. She says she was bullied and suffered years of humiliation.

School officials have not responded about the allegations of bullying, but say that this week's tragedy is a loss for the entire community.

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