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Fears return for Belle Plaine family as bully moves to victim's school

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A mother in Belle Plaine says she is fearing for her child's safety now that the bully who was caught on camera attacking her daughter may be moving to the school the victim transferred to.

"Immediate tears, to see your child get the living crap beat out of them -- horrific," recalled Melissa Strohfus.

Melissa Strohfus told FOX 9 News that one of her daughter's bullies not only organized a beating on Facebook, but she boasted about it afterward. Now, she's worried it could happen all over again even though her daughter thought she had escaped her tormenter.

Last April, Bailey Strohfus was assaulted by two other students at Eagle Ridge Junior High School in Savage. One of her attackers took video of the fight -- which shows Bailey Strohfus being punched and having her hair pulled until two teachers broke it up -- and posted it on her Facebook page.

"I don't like to watch it," Bailey Strohfus told FOX 9 News. "It reminds me of the day. I don't want to go back to it."

Bailey Strohfus lost several clumps of hair in the fight and had trouble breathing afterward because several of her ribs were bruised, but her mother says the injuries are more than skin deep.

"She used to be in tears over the summer because she didn't want to go back to the school," Melissa Strohfus said. "We transferred, but now we are starting to deal with the tears and the nightmares again."

That's because even though Bailey transferred to Nicollet Junior High for a fresh start, one of the bullies was expelled over the fight and moved close to Nicollet too. Starting this week, she'll be walking the halls there with Bailey Strohfus once more.

"I don't think it's fair," Melissa Strohfus admitted. "My daughter shouldn't have to continuously go through this. As the victim, we shouldn't have to be the ones to leave or live in fear every day that our daughter is going to be attacked."

A district official said resolving conflicts between students comes with the territory at a school, adding that staff members will do everything they can to make sure every student is safe -- but the Strohfus family hopes the district will change its mind.

"In the end, I hope she ends up going to different school and that this school district will be tougher on its policies with bullying and physical violence in their schools because this never should have happened," Melissa Strohfus said.

Both girls who attacked Bailey Strohfus pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor; however, a sentencing date hasn't been set in Dakota County yet.

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