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Thu Mar 11, 2021, 03:46 PM

Mother, School Leaders Threatened With Harm as Plano Bullying Investigation Continues

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/watch-civil-rights-advocates-plano-officials-to-address-bullying-in-schools-tuesday/2574608/

The mother of a 13-year-old at the center of disturbing allegations of bullying and racially-motivated abuse says her family has been threatened and driven from their home. The leader of the Plano Independent School District says they, too, have been threatened with harm as they investigate the high-profile case.

This stems from an alleged incident in mid-February in which the middle school student was at a sleepover at a boy's house and says he was coerced by classmates into drinking urine. The boy's mother previously stated she allowed him to go to the sleepover, but neither knew his bullies would later show up.

She claims they woke her son from his sleep one night, told him he had stopped breathing and to drink from a plastic cup that one boy was holding up to his mouth. Cell phone video shows the victim taking a sip as those around him laughed.

The boy later told his mother, Summer Smith, who reported it to school officials on March 2. A school resource officer determined the case warranted the involvement of Plano Police after viewing the video. Both agencies are investigating.

Smith and her supporters met with Plano Superintendent Sara Bonser Tuesday afternoon to discuss the district's investigation and handling of allegations Smith's son was bullied for more than a year at Haggard Middle School, before the February incident off-campus.

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