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Twin McDowell, gave WSBTV investigative reporter Mark Winne cellphone video of the student taunting and then hitting her daughter. 

“I was hurt. I allowed myself to allow my daughter to go get an education and to be protected in a school house and she wasn’t protected,” McDowell said.

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McDowell said her daughter Ashlee Pressley wound up with a black eye after she was attacked last Monday in the Creekside High School cafeteria after refusing repeatedly to be provoked into a fight.

But the mother said Ashlee's feelings, her self-image had already taken a beating in fat-shaming and cyberbullying in social media for several days before that.

“She said that she was humiliated. She was crying. she was upset. She didn’t want to go back to school again,” McDowell said.


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