Parent says students threatened to hit her daughter's buttocks; part of new trend

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Land O'Lakes Florida - The videos may disturb some parents: young students slapping the behinds of others.

It's an activity making its way to school yards nationwide, including Pasco County. One mother is making sure the trend is slapped out of the school district for good.

"I never heard of it until it happened to my daughter. I was very shocked," says Tonya Thompson. Her daughter is an 8th grader at Pine View Middle School.

She says one Friday, her daughter came home concerned and feeling uncomfortable.

"She let me know boys were threatening to slap her butt."

Thompson didn't hesitate reporting it to school officials.

"Mrs. Thompson shared what happened to her daughter and we investigated, and didn't have any incidents at this point," says Principal Jennifer Crosby.

Crosby says when she heard about the slapping of bottoms, the school immediately got to the bottom of it. She says it's not going to be tolerated in the Pasco County School system.

For Tonya Thompson, she knows that this trend among young students is hitting schools nationwide.

"It was in other district schools also. I think kids think it's funny and they don't understand gravity of it."

She says it's something that needs to come to a stop.

"It was just threatened, but if it did happen to my daughter, I may have pressed charges."

Pine View Middle School says Thompson's report was the first time they heard something like this was going on. But according to Thompson, she has spoken with other parents whose children tell them slapping of the buttocks is nothing new.

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