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Great Falls

Nov 13, 2012 1:54 PM by Jen Fenter (jen@krtv.com)

Abuse issues brought up at GFPS board meeting

Past abuse cases were brought up at Monday night's Great Falls Public School Board meeting.

Sharon Marsonette's grandson was the victim of a hazing incident at Great Falls High School last year known as "power gobbling."

She came to Monday's meeting looking for answers.

Another parent, Tifonie Schilling, stood by Marsonette, saying that change within Great Falls Public Schools could have made a difference.

Both women were gagged from discussing the issues they were hoping to have addressed.

Board chairman Jan Cahill said, "We can't discuss any matter that's before or potentionally before a court system."

Despite limitations, Marsonette pushed for answers.

GFPS says they've implemented several measures the last few years to safeguard the children from bullies and abuse.

While it seems the board and the parents don't see eye to eye, Cahill and the rest of the trustees refrain from comment.

Both women say they will continue talking about their personal experiences, and hope to start seeing some changes before other families have to undergo the same experiences.


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