A Union County mother said months of intense bullying at Porter Ridge Middle School have gone unchecked by school officials.
Wendy Tartarone contacted Eyewitness News after the most recent attack against her 13-year-old daughter, Bianca.
Tartarone said three students targeted Bianca's Facebook page, leaving hundreds of comments about her weight, her religion and threatening to surround her house with "torches and pitchforks" and "eat her flesh."
"It's cyberbullying. I felt hopeless, because I couldn't do anything for her as a parent,” Tartarone said.
Tartarone said many students had bullied Bianca in the months leading up to the Facebook post, cursing at her on the bus, kicking gravel at her in the parking lot and even writing graffiti on the girls' bathroom wall inside Porter Ridge Middle.
Sometimes, Tartarone said, the attacks have seemed dangerous.
"One time, in the classroom, there was candy corns that were taken and tossed at her. She has a severe tree nut allergy, and it could have caused her to go into anaphylactic shock. Nobody was reprimanded for that, either," Tartarone said.
Tartarone said school officials did mediate one situation with two other female students who had been bullying Bianca, and as punishment the students wrote Bianca letters of apology.
But Tartarone said Bianca had been suffering from depression, and the continued bullying ended in hospitalization after she discovered Bianca was considering suicide.
Bianca has now shut down her Facebook account and has been studying at home while she recovers.
"I was saddened to see her actually at that point, because nobody would listen, not the school district, not the police," Tartarone said.
Tartarone is now calling for school resource officers to press criminal charges of cyberbullying against the students behind the most recent attack, but said the officers told her the case wouldn't stand up in court, and that bullying and harassment cases are difficult, if not impossible, to prove.
"The laws don't go far enough to protect children," Tartarone said.
District officials told Eyewitness News on Friday they do not monitor students' personal Facebook pages.
They also promised to provide more specific information about disciplinary measures for students accused of bullying when they return from spring break vacation.