DELTA, Colo. A Delta mother is extremely upset after her daughter experienced what she calls a disturbing act of bullying.
A sixth grader at Delta Middle School came home to find a pig face in her backpack.
"I was crying and screaming,” said twelve year old Shelby Cady. “I thought it was one of my friends playing a trick on me.”
It was not her friend, but rather, a male classmate who put it in her backpack. Shelby believes she was directly targeted.
Shelby's mother says she was born with a disability that slows her growth and has been bullied ever since she moved to Delta from Arkansas last year.
"They call me arkan-sass, and they call me polar bear killer because I wore this really fluffy coat,” said Shelby.
The pig's face was taken from a baby pig that was being used for a seventh grade dissection class.
"Our tax dollars pay for these kids to be able to learn and dissect things like this, and I asked the principal, who is accountable for the items being returned?’” said Shelby’s mother Robin Earnest. "What if it was something worse like the scalpel? They can seriously injure each other with that."
Shelby's mother says the school hasn't returned her calls and acted like it wasn't a big deal - but to her and her daughter, who she says cried for hours, it is.
"Just because they're middle-schoolers and they do things like this, it’s not okay,” said Earnest. “And for the principal to tell me that the boy was being a stinker? That was her exact words.”
The classmate was given in school suspension for two days and had to write an apology letter. Shelby says it's only three sentences, and the boy still calls her names.
"I just think that he wrote it to go back to class so he wouldn't have to deal with the whole thing.”
We reached out to the Assistant Superintendent of the Delta County School District Kirk Clay who declined an on camera interview.
He said that they don't think the act was malicious and that the students didn't even know each other. Shelby, says, they not only knew each other but also took the same bus route home every day together.
"I consider something like that bullying and they said it’s not,” said Earnest. “So we need to define what bullying is in our schools so our children can be protected.”