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Northern Iowa district criticized over bullying complaints

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LAKE MILLS, Iowa (AP) — Some parents are dissatisfied with how a northern Iowa school district is handling complaints about bullying and harassment.

Louise Martinson told the Mason City Globe Gazette that her middle school-age daughter has been bullied the past three years. Martinson says she’s gotten no calls back from the district and says her complaints are not being addressed by the Lake Mills district. She also says several other parents have reported similar problems.

District administrators say they’re taking complaints about bullying and harassment seriously and are aware of the parents’ concerns.

District equity coordinator Kari Wagner says that because the district can’t speak publicly about individual cases, there’s often a perception that nothing has been done. She says that perception isn’t accurate or fair.