Allegations of bullying by Cleveland school administrators over statewide tests

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CLEVELAND– From intimidation to harassment to even bullying.

Some students at John F. Kennedy High School on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland say school administrators threatened to suspend them from school this week if they did not take the American Institute of Research Social Studies exam.

Tiffaney Herring's two daughters are honor students at John F. Kennedy high school on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland.

She says she officially opted both daughters out of taking the exam, but she says her concerns were ignored.

"I wrote a note and they went to school and that's when the intimidation and bullying, that's when all of this started," said Herring.

Herring's daughter, who did not want her face shown, details the alleged threats made by school administrators.

“They told us that, basically, we had all been misinformed about the test. That we were going to take it tomorrow on Tuesday and that it was a mandated test and if we tried anything to not take it or walk out, we were going to get suspended."

The student claims teachers received more than 100-opt out forms from students. When they were denied, she says some students stayed home for fear of being disciplined.

Other students, they say, were even promised a pizza party if they took the test.

In response, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District spokesperson says there was an assembly called for students, but that no threats of suspension were ever made.

And promises of a pizza party are false.

Furthermore, the district says CMSD has received no complaints from students or parents that they have been intimidated or threatened with discipline.

As for her daughters, Herring says,"They have basically destroyed that trust that they had in the administration."