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Mother of child stabbed with scissors speaks out

The mother of a student who was stabbed at a Columbus middle school is speaking out and warning parents to talk to their children and administrators about bullying.

"The thought of you losing your child where you think they are supposed to be safe at. You shouldn't have to worry about someone bringing a weapon or even getting in the school with a weapon."

Sommer Whatley says she will never forget the day she got a startling call to pick her daughter up from school.  She was told that her daughter had been poked with scissors.

"So I get up there and I say yea I'm here to check out Sierra Whatley and by this time the principal came around the coroner and said, ‘you must not know what happened' then my heart dropped," Whatley said. 

Whatley was led to the nurse's office down the hall and she found her daughter suffering from a stab wound in her right arm. 

"If he would have stabbed her in the wrong spot I could have lost my child's life," Whatley said. 

Her daughter, Sierra, was taken to St. Francis Hospital where she was given stitches and her arm was put in a cast and sling.

Whatley says the scissors pierced her daughter skin to the bone she feels that all of this could have been avoided had the school district listened the first time she reported that her daughter was being bullied. 

"I even went above the principal and I called the board of education and spoke to a lady in the bullying department at the board of education and all she told me was after I talked to the principal she was supposed to call me back she never called me back," Whatley said. 

FOX 54 reached out to Arnold Middle School Principal Laura Reed. She declined to interview but a spokesperson with the Muscogee County School district told FOX 54 that there haven't been any documentation of bullying for Sierra Whatley on record. 

Still Whatley says she has made several reports to the principal and school board and encourages other parents to do the same. 

"We've never had an issue like this before and to sit back and them not do anything, not call, not tell me anything. I don't want anyone else's child to be in the situation my child was," Whatley said. 

Student Services Director Melvin Blackwell says that parents should notify their child's principal immediately if they know that their child is being bullied. 

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