Martinez parents address school district as bullying, violence increases at junior high

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MARTINEZ (KRON) — Parents in an East Bay community say enough is enough.

They say in the last two weeks there have been around half a dozen incidents involving bullying and violence at Martinez Junior High.

Tonight, they took their concerns to the Martinez Unified School District.

Pictures show the scratches and bruises on the back of a teenager who attends Martinez Junior High School.

That student’s mom says he was recently attacked and had to be monitored for a concussion.

This case is one of a number of recent cases at Martinez Junior High School, according to parents.

One by one, many of those parents took to the microphone Monday night to let the school board know that they are not happy.

The cases have involved both boys and girls.

The district doesn’t currently have a school resource officer but that’s something that the police chief says could change.

Currently though the police department, like so many other Bay Area departments is understaffed.

The chief hopes to change that.

The Martinez Unified School District was one of the first involved in the say something program — a program designed to help identify and solve issues before they become a major problem.

Parents are still asking for more.

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