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Bullying issues leads to Mayflower teacher resigning

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MAYFLOWER (KATV)--Nearly three weeks ago, a Mayflower teacher resigns relating to bullying issues.

A recent physical altercation forced one student to be airlifted to a hospital. While this fight isn't being labeled as bullying, one teacher said, this altercation could have been prevented.

Science Teacher, Misty Nix, said she has witnessed bullying at Mayflower since she first started working there this year.

She said it wasn't the bullying that made her resign, but it was the way she was treated and the response she received by administrators after she brought up the issue.

Nix has taught science for the past seven years in four school districts. Part of her lesson plan is teaching students how to compile data, interpret graphs, and enhance their critical thinking skills.

Nix used the project, "Let's Get Real" which deals with bullying issues while using common core values.       

"They [students] are the ones who took the survey, so they know where the data came from and how we got that," said Nix.

The anonymous survey posed questions, such as what were the top reasons why students were being bullied at Mayflower High School, 150 students took the survey.

"Picked out quite a few that were alarming, six of them talking about the emotional cutting due to how they are made fun of at school, one talked about suicide," she added.

Nix said, she immediately brought these issues to the principal's attention, but was shocked when she was told to stop the project and to quit discussing bullying in class.

"The vice principal came down and took all the surveys and all the data that I had printed out to do the lesson with and told me to stop what I was doing and that I do not need to talk about the survey anymore," said Nix. "We haven't really identified a bullying problem in this school, and I needed to just stick with the textbook."

The same day those surveys were taken, Nix was told she would have a disciplinary meeting with administrators, but she instead handed in her letter of resignation.    

She added, that administrators at Mayflower are ignoring the issues at hand and had they listened; the recent fight that sent one student to the hospital may have been prevented.

Channel 7 did speak with the Superintendent, John Gray, and he would not comment on personnel matters.

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