Mother says son relentlessly bullied at Brooklyn public school

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Tim Fleischer reports from Brooklyn.

There's an urgent plea from a worried mother in Brooklyn to the administrators where her battered and bruised son goes to school.

The student goes to PS 13 in East New York. His mother's charges of bullying are raising serious concerns.

"He's being beaten every single day," said Mildred Pryor, the student's mother.

There are serious claims of bullying from Pryor who says her 10-year-old son wears the scars of beatings he has received at PS 13.

"I don't know exactly when the fighting started, but he ended up on the floor. He was kicked in the head and stomped on," Pryor said.

The fourth grader has a slightly swollen eye and Pryor has video, which is too graphic to show, of what she says are nose bleeds and headaches her son suffers from.

She claims her pleas for help to school officials have not been taken seriously.

"He's in a special needs class, he's getting special attention, but the unfortunate part about it is somebody's not monitoring the attention he's supposed to be getting because this should not be happening," said Tony Herbert, a community activist.

After holding a news conference outside the school, Herbert accompanied the mother inside to get answers.

A statement from the Department of Education responds in part: "...we act immediately and follow scrupulous protocols. There is absolutely zero tolerance for anything but a safe and supportive learning environment in every school building."

But Pryor now says she is arranging for her son to see a therapist to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts.

"He said to me that like, 'Oh I just want to die,' because he doesn't like what's going on to him. He feels like that's the only way," Pryor said.

Mildred Alverez says her son Malcolm was bullied in the school.

"It was terrible for about a year, last year. Thank God, it kind of calmed down a little bit. And I just had to tell him to defend himself as well," Alverez said.

Other parents believe you have to step in to resolve the issues.

"If the parents can't come together, then you have to get the principal involved to get the ball rolling to stop the bullying," said Arrie Spencer, a parent.
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