Mother upset over son's second bullying attack at Vestavia Hills

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Vestavia Hills mother does not believe enough is being done to protect her son at the city high school. John Dill is a junior at Vestavia Hills High School. Today Dill said he went in early for tutoring and after stepping into the hallway he was attacked.

"I just like looked up. I heard something and grabbed my head and kneed me in the jaw," Dill said.

Part of Dill's jaw is still red and he lost chips of his molars from the attack.

"My first reaction was I could not feel my teeth at all," Dill said.

Dill's mother says this was the second attack on her son since last May.

"Dismay. Total dismay. Totally disheartened. When I got the call I could hardly get to the school fast enough," Jo Ann Dill said.

Last May Dill filed a police report. She filed a second report Wednesday morning.

"I send my son off to what is the best school system in Alabama and he has come back beatened and battered and bruised. And, today he came back with his teeth in an envelope," Dill said.

Dill said there are great teachers at Vestavia Hills High School but she believes there is bullying occurring at the school and not enough is being done to stop it.  Vestavia Hills Superintendent Jamie Blair says that is not true and that the school system takes any act of violence seriously.

"We take it seriously. We react to each case. We talk about it. We teach about it. We teach about bullying and about fighting." Blair said.

The superintendent said last year there were just eight fights out of 3,100 student in the entire school system. Superintendent Blair says if the Dill family still has worries about their son's safety they should first go to the principal. If they are not satisfied, they should take those concerns to his office at the school board.

Dill plans to return to class Thursday.