By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 13, 2017
LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- A local mother is upset after finding bumps and bruises on her daughter after she came home from school.
Ashlie Bellflower says she was alerted by Lowndes High School as to how the injuries happened, but also witnessed the incident on video.
The two clips are only seconds long, but were shared across social media moments after the fight happened.
"If the teacher would have been in the classroom this would have never happened," says Bellflower. "It would have never escalated the way it did."
The mother admits that both students, including her daughter, were in the wrong. However, she says bullying led to the violence and that bullying needs to stop.
Messages from people young and old are now filling her inbox. She says some are insulting, while others are thankful she's speaking out.
"I'm not just standing up for my daughter, I'm standing up for other parents that reached out to me that are helpless in these situations," says Bellflower. "Their kids are being bullied and taped on video. Something needs to be done about that for sure."
Lowndes County Schools says it has a zero tolerance policy for violent behavior.
Bellflower says it's not the policy she's worried about.
"Bullying is not okay. Fighting is not okay."
School administrators say they've handled the disciplinary issue stemming from the video.