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Parents rally against bullying at Lincoln High School

Posted at 5:31 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 20:55:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Parents and community members say they’re fed up with bullying and lack of student safety at Lincoln High School.

Wednesday, members of the community rallied outside the school with a list of demands for the school district.

With shirts reading care not cages, it’s a message a group of residents wants San Diego Unified to hear loud and clear.

"I'm concerned about the children's safety, and I feel like the schools aren't protecting our children like they should," Said Cheryl Scanson, whose grandson goes to Bell Middle School.

At 11 Wednesday, a roughly a dozen parents and community members rallied, claiming their kids are forced to learn in an unsafe, toxic environment.

"The safety, the bullying, they need a bullying policy in effect. Unfortunately my son was attacked at this school," said Shamiko Harris.

Harris says his kids no longer go to Lincoln High. He’s one of the parents who attended the rally and is involved in an active lawsuit against the district.

The group sent out a list of demands to the district including seven specific items that the protesters want addressed.

Some of the demands include a zero-tolerance bullying policy, targeted counseling for students with PTSD and a plan in writing from the district on how they will keep students safe.

"No child asks to be disabled. That means that they need more support, and more resources, and you need to supply that in your school,” Scanson said.

Problems at Lincoln High have been well-documented over the years.

In February of 2016, a brawl at the school sent four students and a campus police officer to the hospital.

In October of the same year, a civil lawsuit accused a Lincoln High School coach of having a sexual relationship with a student.

In January of 2018, a teenager was stabbed during a fight in the hallway as students were dismissed.

"Like the bullying is out of hand. Makes sure these schools are safe, that's all we're asking. And make sure these kids are getting the right education,” Harris said.

10News reached out to the district for comment. They referred us to this link.