The town of Marshall is little more than 1000 people but according to some parents the school district has more than its share of bullying problems.
Kristie Arrowood says she struggles to remember what her daughter, Pearl’s voice sounds like anymore.
“Everything is different,” says Arrowood. “Nothing is the same. Nothing will ever be the same.”
Three years ago, her thirteen year old daughter, Pearl Arrowood, committed suicide.
“She put the barrel of a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. ”
Kristie says Pearl, a student in the Marshall School District was bullied and on June 4, 2014 it got to be too much for her.
“It was probably the worst day of my life,” says Kristie as she recalls hearing the tragic news of her daughter’s death.
According to Arrowood, what hurts the most is that she doesn’t think the school district has done enough to fight the issue.
“It hasn’t changed anything,” Arrowood tells KARK.
Until April, Kimberly Lemmons had a sibling in the Marshall School District. She says her brother, Hunter Oliver, endured repeated bullying at school.
She says the most recent where two students, who may have been pulling a prank, put her brother in a car with a punctured can of Axe body spray was the breaking point. It landed Oliver in the hospital.
“When you send your kid to school you expect from that hour to the time they get home, they’re going to be safe.”
Lemmons doesn’t believe the school did enough in response to what happened to her brother.
“There should’ve been somebody watching them,” says Lemmons.
The superintendent of the Marshall School District, Alan Yarbrough, says they can’t comment on individual cases because of student confidentiality. Yarbrough says the district takes bullying seriously and is constantly looking for better programs to help students.
For Arrowood’s daughter, it’s too late. Now she wants to prevent other parents from having to go through this.