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Teenager suspended after using mace on bullies
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A father fed up with bullies sent his daughter to school prepared to protect herself, but now she's suspended and police have gotten involved.
The situation came to a head Thursday morning, when Kalamazoo Central freshman Tekarra Coleman says girls who have been bullying her jumped her at school.
Her father, Terrence Coleman, says he's called campus security almost non-stop, saying that he's placed over 150 calls, and talked with administrators repeatedly.
Terrence says that the bullying began at the beginning of the school year, and that his daughter has seen her GPA, which was 3.9 coming out of middle school, plummet.
He told Newschannel 3 that he was considering removing her from Kalamazoo schools, before he remembered why he wanted her there in the first place.
"Why should we lose the Promise because they can't do their job?" he asked.
Then, Terrence made a choice, and decided to buy mace for her.
Thursday morning, Tekarra says she was attacked again.
"I was walking to my class, and they attacked me," she said.
So, she maced the girls.
Terrence got a call from the school shortly thereafter.
The district considers mace a weapon.
The school district is doing its own internal investigation to try and get to the bottom of what happened, but it's also been referred to Kalamazoo Township Police.
As the investigation is ongoing, the district says it can't comment further on the incident.
We will follow up when the investigation is complete.