Alleged bullying during high school football game investigated

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A Union County parent claims her child was the subject of bullying at a high school football game. Now school officials are investigating.

Kelsey Roberts says her child was bullied during last Friday’s game between Union County and Marion County.

Among those allegedly involved: someone who works with Union County Schools.

They came to support the Union County Braves at their home opener.

“We went to the union county game just for support,” Roberts recalled. But she claims her daughter, who recently transferred to another nearby school, was bullied by those she used to go to school with.

“Bullying is defined by UCPS as the unwanted verbal physical or social behavior among students,” she said during the public comments portion of the Union Co. School Board meeting.

Roberts alleges her daughter was lured to the student section during the game, where a group allegedly chanted, ‘You don’t go here’ at her. She also claims a school administrator questioned why her daughter was wearing a Union County t-shirt when she didn’t go there, and that same administrator instigated the chant.

“I was angry,” says Roberts. “I was furious. I was appalled at the fact that someone who was supposed to protect our kids had the audacity to instigate it.”

“I do not condone this type of behavior,” said Union county School Superintendent Patricia Sheffer during Monday’s board meeting. Sheffer also said she’s talked with the child’s family, and those who were allegedly involved. The district started an investigation. Sheffer says all sides will be taken in to account, and some already emailed her countering Roberts’s claims.

“My main goal is to find out all the facts that have happened. There’s always one side of the story, another side of the story, and the total truth,” she says.

Union County School officials didn’t say how long the investigation would take. They add that the punishments, if there are any issued, will depend on the findings in the investigation.

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(This story was originally published August 27, 2018)

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