Pottstown teen whose home was riddled with bullets says bullying hasn't stopped

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Pottstown teen whose home was riddle with bullets says bullying hasn't stopped
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A Montgomery County girl whose house was riddled with bullets last year says she was the victim of bullying once again.

POTTSTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A girl whose house was riddled with bullets last year says she was the victim of abuse once again, and now the teen and her mother want answers.

"I just want to go to school," said Jasmine Samba, a student at Pottstown High School.

Samba, 14, sits on her front porch with a neck brace and a crutch by her side.

"I don't know why they bully me," said Samba.

Samba said the bullying has gotten so bad at school that as she was walking back home on Wednesday, a group of students got into a fight with her outside her house. Now she has a neck strain and a back injury.

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"They tried to say that I was fresh meat to Pottstown and that I was going to have problems," said Samba.

This comes after the shooting at Samba's home on the 500 block of West Street last March. Two men have been charged in that crime.

Samba's mother said the shooting stemmed from a case of bullying at Pottstown Middle School where Samba attended last year.

Now Samba's mother believes students at the high school, where her daughter currently goes to school, got into a fight with her daughter Wednesday. She wants the school to suspend those students.

"The only results the school's been giving me is, 'We're going to switch her classes again,'" said Marie Samba, Jasmine's mother.

The school district said they don't have control over what happens outside of school grounds.

"Issues that happen outside of school are very difficult, if not impossible, to have any sort of disciplinary effect for things that go on outside of the school," said John Armado, the director of community relations for the Pottstown School District.

"We have not encountered any issues that I'm aware of in the high school building with this particular student," Armado added.

However, Samba's lawyers said they feel the Pottstown School District isn't doing enough to help the teen feel safe.

"Our client is continuously being bullied by people in the school, and no one seems to want to do anything about it," said Tom Kenny, Samba's lawyer.

The Pottstown Police Department said they are investigating Wednesday's fight.