‘Enough is enough’: Wyoming parents rail against school district over extreme violence, lack of rule enforcement

Wyoming parents are blaming their school district for inaction for a steep rise in violence after two students were murdered in unrelated incidents off campus.

The parent coalition “Enough is…

Wyoming parents are blaming their school district for inaction for a steep rise in violence after two students were murdered in unrelated incidents off campus.

The parent coalition “Enough is Enough” addressed their concerns at the Natrona County School District (NCSD) board meeting last week.

“We are no longer asking, we are demanding. Our children deserve to feel safe and valued in their schools,” said Billie Studanski, who founded the coalition. “[Our children] live in constant fear of harassment, violence or worse.

“The time for empty promises is over. We need action, real, tangible, immediate action.”

“This is not just negligence, this is a betrayal of our children’s trust,” added NCSD parent Tori Feronti. “Our children are not just suffering, they are in mortal danger.”

The group is calling on the district to enforce its pre-existing policies regarding bullying, harassment and violence, as well as implement a new policy to help prevent suicide.  

The community was galvanized in April after 14-year-old student Bobby Maher died after being stabbed by two juveniles near a mall. A female student was also shot and killed in May by her teenage ex-boyfriend, who had been harassing her. 

Parents began protesting the district’s inaction as early as April.  

One mother testified that her son and other students wouldn’t use the bathroom during the day, since bullies would kick in stall doors and take photos. 

Another mother said her daughter was twice attacked in high school, became suicidal and had to be checked into a psychiatric facility.  

A third woman recalled her sister being bullied and eventually taking her own life in 2017.  

Reports suggest extreme violence is on the rise nationwide. 

One 74-year-old teacher from Indiana was given a gruesome black eye and other head injuries when a large male student attacked him. 

A Tennessee educator was pepper sprayed for taking away a student’s phone, and a third teacher in Ohio was assaulted so violently she required “major brain surgery.”  

Other districts have seen violence so awful that parents tried to oust the superintendent, students organized walkouts, and school administration even tried to call in the National Guard