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Parent complains about bullying at Conway High School

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Conway parent fears intimidation might lead to more serious bullying for her daughter.

Sheliscia Hampton worries the school isn't doing anything about it.

Her daughter is a 16- year-old junior at Conway High School. Three weeks ago, Hampton says three girls started picking on, following and harassing her daughter by repeatedly calling her name. Just this past week, the girls started showing up to her classroom.

She considers this bullying, because before it began, her daughter was always "happy, laughing, you know, friendly with everybody...Now she's just quiet, she just shut down."

She went to the school and asked to transfer her daughter to another school. They said she would have to wait until January because under school policy, the school board needs to approve a transfer. The board does not meet until December.

When she asked about the bullying, she says they told her, "There's nothing they can do until there's an altercation."

Principal Greg Murry says in order to be classified as bullying, the harassment needs to fall under the following description:

Bullying means the intentional harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat or incitement of violence by a student against another student or public school employee by a written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that may address an attribute of the other student, public school employee, or person with whom the other student or public school employee is associated and that causes or creates actual or reasonably foreseeable.

"They have not contacted her, they've not talked to her, they've not Facebooked her, or tweeted or anything on social media," said Murry.

He said students who bully are held accountable at Conway High, but in this scenario, "My understanding is that there has not been any verbal communication between the students."

Hampton says the situation with her daughter and the girls at school, those are the first signs of bullying. "I'm understanding there are policies, but when it's something this serious, why just not break policy and let me take her out."