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Three 8th grade students from the Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School are facing criminal charges for allegedly bullying a teammate before a football game last month Rock Rapids.

Charges include simple assault, assault with sexual intent and disseminating pornography.

The taunting started after a boy reported to the principal that a friend had been assaulted. Later the boy was allegedly sexually assaulted on a school bus during a trip to a football game.

Saturday Sibley-Ocheyedan School Administrators held a special meeting to discuss the consequences for two middle schoolers involved in the alleged assaults.

There have been several other incidents at the middle school brought to the principal's attention that -- parent's say -- have been swept under the rug.

"Until this school stands up, there's no child that's safe here except bullies," said Reene Miller, Grandmother of a victim of bullying.

Reene Miller called into middle school principal Mike Morran's office with her grandson after Morran learned that the 11-year-old threatened to end his life because of bullying.

"Mr. Morran looked at Dawson and told him he was a chicken**** because that's what you are when you say you're going to kill yourself," said Miller.

Mandy Robertson moved her son to a different middle school after she says she was constantly taunted and physically assaulted at school.

"There was a teacher right there. Nothing was said. He wasn't helped in the office. He walked from the school building all the way up to the elementary school where I was waiting to pick up the other boys and from there, an hour later, we went to the emergency room," said Robertson. When your child expresses to you that he's ready to end his life, it's time to move. It's time to find a different school community," said Robertson.

For the parents of the boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted, they are not backing down. They want to put a stop to what they call a vicious cycle of bullying at Sibley-Ocheyedan once and for all.

"Unfortunately for this school this time around, this family isn't going to be quiet about it," said Tom Taylor, son victimized by bully.

Saturday the Board of Directors punished the two boys involved in the alleged case.

"Student "A" and "B" are expelled until December 20 of 2013. They will have an in-school suspension for the 3rd quarter," said Steve Avery, Sibley-Ocheyedan School District's attorney.

"That young man inside those doors that's taking a stand, he's a hero to so many kids. You guys have no idea. you have no idea," said Robertson.

This young hero told his parents that he wants to help other victims of bullying to find their voice and to help them take a stand.

"Words can't put into place. We love him to death,"said Taylor.

In addition to being expelled, the two boys will not be able to participate in sports or extracurricular activities until November 1, 2014. The boys will have to  give a bullying presentation to the entire middles school, show proof participation in counseling, perform community service and there shall be no social media retaliation.

KSFY tried reaching out to Principal Morran several times but he refused to comment.


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