By Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A couple says their daughter has been beaten up several times at Liberty Elementary School in Shadyside.

“It’s really sad,” Isabel Mattick, a third grader at the school, said. “I don’t want this happening anymore. I want my school to be peaceful and nice like it should be every day.”

In the most recent attack, Isabel says she had mulch thrown in her eyes, stabbed with a stick and punched repeatedly.

“I don’t want to get hurt again … I don’t want anything bad to happen,” she said.

Her parents say the school isn’t doing enough and feel helpless.

“They violated that sense of trust,” Christopher Mattick, Isabel’s father, said. “ ‘We won’t protect your child, we can’t protect your child.’”

“I need to know that she’s safe and that somebody’s going to take care of her and the bullying will not be tolerated in the schools,” Laura Hodge, Isabel’s mother, said.

School officials tell a somewhat different story. They say it’s true a little girl threw mulch into Isabel’s eyes and another girl in a separate incident shoved her, but the school nurse found no signs of her being stabbed with a stick or punched repeatedly.

One little girl is being disciplined for Monday’s incident. They won’t say what the discipline is.

A spokesperson for the school says they’re unaware of any ongoing bullying at the school.

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