8-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Bully on School Playground, Parents Say

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An 8-year-old Lincoln Heights girl has been the repeated victim of bullying at school, ultimately leading to physical violence, her parents said Monday.


The parents of Karla Covarrubias say the 8-year-old has been the repeated victim of bullying at school. (Credit: KTLA)

Karla Covarrubias said her classmates at Gates Elementary School called her fat and said she walks slowly.

Years of verbal abuse finally turned physical on the school playground on April 25, according to the youngster.

“A girl wanted me to buy her cookies, but I didn’t have any money,” Karla said.

Karla said she tried to walk away, but as she turned to leave, the girl allegedly shoved her from behind, sending the 8-year-old face-first into a bench.

The impact knocked out her two of Karla’s front teeth and weakened four others, according to her dentist.

It was not just children who taunted Karla, according to family members.

In a letter provided to KTLA, but not independently verified, Karla’s therapist said she observed a teacher asking the 8-year-old to sit at a desk instead of on the rug with other children because she was “larger.”

Monica Carazo, with the Los Angeles Unified School District, told KTLA in a statement that the “LAUSD is aware of the situation and is contact with the family.”

Kimberly Cheng contributed to this story.