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Kaylee Halko's parents want more done to stop alleged bullying

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Anthony Wayne school leaders say they have investigated and determined that the results of a recent bullying incident didn't violate district policy. But now, the parents involved are asking for more.

Tim and Marla Halko say their daughter Kaylee, was bullied online in early March. You may know Kaylee: we've done a number of stories on her and she was even interviewed by ABC's Barbara Walters. Kaylee has progeria, a condition that causes her to age prematurely.

The Halkos say a student at the school created a "progeria hate page"on Facebook.

"You got stuff plastered all over the school about cyber-bullying and you know don't bully anybody. And then somebody creates a hate page directed at my daughter pretty much asking for her death and the schools reaction is what do you want us to do about it," said an upset Tim Halko.

Anthony Wayne School District says the incident does not fall under their bullying policy, because it only happened once.

Tim halko disagrees. He sent a letter to the school listing what he believes were eight separate instances of bullying. The school has said it does not tolerate bullying and say they've been proactive in addressing behavior that violates school code.

The superintendent, Dr. Jim Fritz,  issued the following statement to 13abc:

"We are confident that the District appropriately responded to the families who expressed concern in these matters. We convened numerous meetings with the families, both at the building and district level, conducted investigations consistent with our policies, and implemented multiple interventions to address concerns about the students involved. However, the Federal and State confidentiality laws, which serve to protect the privacy rights of these students, limit our ability to provide details about the students or any disciplinary measures or other actions that may have been taken by the District. These important laws also restrict our ability to discuss any disabilities or behavioral considerations that can affect what interventions might be appropriate. While we believe that the District has been proactive in its efforts and responsive to the families in this matter, we know that continued attention to bullying and other forms of student conflict is necessary. We therefore encourage any parent who has a concern about their child to contact a member of our administrative staff so we can directly address these concerns and work collaboratively to help support a positive school environment at Anthony Wayne."

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