GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) - School administrators are responding after a Gloucester family says their teenage daughter was bullied to the point of suicide.
Last week, 16-year-old Elizabeth Evans was found dead at her home. Her father says she took her own life because of bullying she was victim to at Gloucester High School.
WAVY.com asked Gloucester County Schools administrators for a response to the allegations of bullying at the high school. Wednesday morning WAVY.com got the following email from Superintendent Dr. Ben Kiser, saying he is unaware of any evidence suggesting Evans was bullied.
It is always tragic when a young person’s life is ended and his/her aspirations and dreams are not fulfilled. Our hearts and prayers are with the Evans family members and friends as they grieve and search for answers. Elizabeth Nicole Evans was a family member of Gloucester High School, and her teachers and peers are also struggling with her death.
Gloucester County Public Schools provides safe and orderly environments for students to learn and grow. We take claims of harassment and bullying very seriously and respond to any in a timely manner. Our children’s academic success and well being hinge on them feeling safe while in school.
I am not able to respond to specifics regarding Elizabeth Nicole Evans, but I do not have information that would substantiate the claim in question. Take care.
Ben Kiser, Division Superintendent
WAVY.com took the email to Evans' father for his response to the statement.
"This is absolutely ridiculous," Mike Evans said. "This is unacceptable. That's what this really is. You can't tell me that you take this seriously when I've called and I've called and I've called."
Elizabeth was an 11th Grader at the school, and her dad says there were many days she would come home crying.
"My daughter had been shoved in the trash can, and the time before that she was punched in the stomach," Evans added. "She'd come home and tell us she had been shoved in lockers."
"All I can say is if any claim had come in, it was dealt with quickly and efficiently and timely," Kiser told WAVY.com on the phone. "The claims that are being made right now again are not substantiated."
Dr. Kiser says there are procedures in place to investigate allegations of bullying.
"Through the investigation, the administrator will determine the accuracy of the claim," Kiser added.
"My daughter is not the only one going through this," Evans said. "There are other kids there right now that need help. They need to step their game up. This is isn't a blame game. This is a matter of this could have been handled and it wasn't. This wasn't dealt with the way that it should have been dealt with."
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