MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - A Clay County teen claims she’s the victim of bullying, saying she was tormented by the same person who allegedly attacked a current Middleburg High School student last week.
Haley Napieracz, 17, says the rumors, teasing and threats pushed her to try overdosing.
“I took some medicine just to try to forget about it all, to just drift off and forget about it,” Napieracz tells our partner Action News.
Just yesterday, we reported on 17 year-old sophomore Tierra Hartley whose father says the attacker slammed her into a pole, then jumped on her and started beating her in the face.
“The same person that did that to her, tried to do that to me,” Napieracz says. She’s now homeschooled and no longer attends Middleburg High School.
Her father, Joseph Napieracz, says he complained to the school early on.
“We made at least three calls before she attempted to overdose, but we didn't seem to get any response out of it other than they'd keep an eye on it,” he tells Action.
From there he says the bullying got worse along with Haley’s depression.
“They blew it off. They treated it like it was nothing.”
School officials tell Action they can’t comment on any investigations involving juveniles. They provided a copy of the school system’s anti-bullying policies and procedures that call for intense investigations into any bullying complaint. It says principals are responsible for following up with the parents of bullying victims with an action plan to protect their children.
Joe Napieracz says that never happened.
“If you’re not going to follow through, what’s the sense in having them?”
The accused attacker and Tierra Hartley have both been suspended from Middleburg High School for ten days. The Clay County School Board will decided later this month if the accused attacker will be expelled as per the principal’s recommendation.
If her suspension ends before the disciplinary hearing takes place, she will be placed in an alternative school for “at risk” students.