Also, and hopefully this is not upsetting to you- I called my Stepdad at the other end of the country last night, who taught school for 31 years.
He said that it’s unacceptable how they are dealing with this. I asked him what he felt would be the best way to deal with the apathy coming from your daughter’s school.
He suggested to show up at the school without your daughter. Do it when she is at home, completely away from the building. Be well dressed and presentable, because unfortunately you will be judged on your appearance. Go to the office/administration desk, and politely say that you need to speak to the principal. If they say you need an appointment, or she’s not available, just look the secretary in the eye and say “Well this is an emergency, and I won’t be leaving until I speak with either the principal or the vice principal.” And then sit your ass down in a chair, and say nothing until someone deals with you. Which they will, eventually. School officials know that parents have the potential to cause a BIG scene, and they would rather prevent it at all costs.
Arm yourself with information. Take pictures of your daughter’s cuts and bruises, and print them. Bring them in a folder, and lay them on his desk. Be calm, but don’t take no for an answer. Look up school laws, state laws, etc. Have your speech prepared, and then present it in a really curt and serious way. If he can get some time off work even for an hour, have your Fiance attend in uniform. It’s silly, but military uniforms really do give off this “Don’t mess with me,” vibe. (Even if your Fiance is the sweetest most docile man ever, it still looks intimidating.)
Absolutely threaten to go to the press with this. Say that you will gladly take these images and your story to the local paper, news, radio. That you are disgusted with how your daughter’s school is dealing with bullying. (Even if you have NO intentions- your principal is NOT going to want this to happen. At all.)
Remember as well that many school officials are parents as well. This is something to mention. “As a principal, can you really tell me that if this was YOUR child being physically beaten- you would do nothing? Would you be content accepting this, while they are severely beaten to the point of a head injury? How would YOU feel if your child told you that they wanted to die, because their school life was so emotionally difficult.”