WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11) - Actor Ian Ziering is best known for his roles in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Sharknado," but this week, he's the face of a parenting group that is trying to stop bullying in a public school.
"This is appalling," he said outside West Hollywood Elementary Wednesday morning. Ziering was joined alongside a dozen parents who claim their kids are being bullied too.
"I spoke up then, and I'm speaking up now," Ziering continued.
He said the problem has been going on at the school for two years, and he claims attempts to reach out to the school and the Los Angeles Unified School District have largely fallen on deaf ears.
Ziering and the other parents claim one student in particular has physically assaulted a number of students. He said the student has threatened to kill other students and allegedly placed a bean-bag chair over one student's face. While the actions of the student alarms the parents, their main gripe appears to be with the school and the district.
"We were forced to home school," said Veena Crownholm, who claims her child was bullied by the same student.
A spokesperson for LAUSD wrote in a statment:
“While individual student matters are confidential, L.A. Unified has a strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, hazing or any behavior that threatens the safety or well-being of students, staff or persons at our schools."
At least two school officials were on school property Wednesday morning and met with the group of parents and the parent of the alleged bully. Emerging from the meeting, Ziering and his wife had a change in tone.
"This time they are actually going to put in the proper therapists to make sure everyone is safe," said Ziering's wife, Erin.
"After this meeting it looks like things are heading in the right direction," Ziering added.
In a written statement to FOX 11, Ziering wrote:
"It's written into the California Constitution that every child has the right to safe learning environment. My problem is not with the individual child, my heart breaks for that kids as well as for all those that have been assaulted, my problem is with LAUSD not recognizing an escalating pattern of violent behavior and not following the protocols that they themselves have mandated to deal with it. Today, after meeting with the school board and the school administrators, I fully believe that by mobilizing our community, it has forced our school district to do more than placate us. They've assured parents that they will expedite procedures that will keep all our children safe, bring understanding and help to those that have been victimized, and get the child behind this the properly certified help he needs. What's perhaps the saddest take away from all this is that it took a Herculean effort to get the system to do what it's supposed to do on a daily basis, keep our children safe."