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Parents & Students Confront School Board About Classmate's Killer Blog

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Adults and children turn out in droves at a Northwest Independent School District board meeting. The group expressed continuing concerns about a Tidwell Middle School student who wrote a graphic online book about killing some of his classmates.

With the student author back in class, scared students spoke at the meeting and begged the school to change their position.

Tatum Bubela, a student at Tidwell, says she has been traumatized. "I'm having nightmares. I'm not eating. I am staying up crying half the night."

Tatum is one of the victims in her fellow student's online blog of murder. In it, the writer has the 8th grader's friend performing a copycat killing saying, "[She] is cutting Tatum's arm up with a pair of scissors, and Tatum is crying, "It huuuuuurrrtttsssss!"....[She] stabs Tatum's forehead...Tatum is dead now."

The district attorney ruled the student author had violated no laws and he remains in school.

"I'm getting thoughts in school that he's literally going to stab me," Tatum said and then asked, "Was that one of my friends?"

Parents packed the Northwest school board meeting to pressure the district to find a way to separate the writer from other students.

During the meeting mother Jennifer Taylor said, "Parents should never, ever feel the need to make a judgment call when it comes their children's lives… when they send them to school."

Mother Jodi Wilson doesn't think all of the children are being considered fairly. "One child has been put ahead of all others and deeply influenced the environment of learning," she said.

Taylor had a very specific reason for attending the school board meeting. "I wanted to speak with them and request that they work with some parents to see if we can maybe update the policies and procedures."

Board members are not allowed to comment on items not on the agenda, except to remind parents they're handcuffed by the law. Northwest ISD Superintendent Karen Rue explained, "We may not make a step as a district that is not within the law for us to take."

Some parents said that if they didn't see some sort of change they would make sure school board members lost their jobs in the next election.

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