MOLINE ACRES, MO (KTVI) — A north St. Louis County mother claims her 13-year-old daughter is being harassed because of her breast size and was floored by the response she got after calling the school district.
Tammie Jackson says her daughter Gabrielle is being sexually harassed because of her large breasts at Central Middle School in Moline Acres. She says the sixth grader has been dealing with bullying since last semester.
Jackson called the Riverview Gardens School District to complain and was shocked by what she was told.
“It makes me feel like now you are telling me it’s my fault, it’s God’s fault the way he made her. The lady on the phone said they could transfer my daughter and said her boobs were so large she will always get teased. And the only suggestion she had for me is to have my daughter get a breast reduction,” said Jackson.
FOX 2 stopped by the school district for a response and we’re told they’re working to counsel students to resolve the bullying issue. As for the claims about the surgery, we’re told they are still looking into it.
Jackson also says her 9-year-old son Elijah has bullying issues. He has a rare heart condition and she says kids make fun of his surgical scars, causing him to make suicidal comments.
Jackson says all she wants is resolution to an issue she says can affect kids for the rest of their lives, “Talk with the kids. Let them know people’s bodies are changing, everybody is different, but God made us all great.”
Jackson says the superintendent called and said they are working on a plan to resolve issues for both of her children.
A US school has reportedly told a woman her 13-year-old daughter should get a breast reduction so bullies would leave her alone.
Missouri mother Tammie Jackson phoned the local school district to report that her daughter, Gabrielle, was being bullied because of her large breasts.
But she said a school employee suggested a breast reduction because the young girl's breasts were so large that she would always be teased about them.
"It makes me feel like now you are telling me it's my fault or it's God's fault the way he made her," Ms Jackson told Fox8.
"(They should) talk with the kids, let them know people's bodies are changing.
"Everybody is different, but God made us all great."
Ms Jackson said her nine-year-old son Elijah had talked about suicide after he was also targeted because of surgical scars on his chest.
She said she worried the bullying could have long-lasting effects for her children.
School Superintendent Clive Coleman said the district was attempting to decrease bullying throughout the area.
"We're still investigating it," he said.
"But to be honest with you, I think it's maybe a product of miscommunication."