TEEN BULLIED: Students Post Video Online
The family of a teen with autism in Melcher-Dallas say bullies are targeting the boy and even posting videos of his reactions to medications online.
“People tell me to run into things and I don’t really like it. And I tell them that I don’t want to and they just laugh at me, whenever I do it,” says 13-year old Levi Null who has been bullied for years.
He struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. Because he’s different he gets picked on. But now his classmates are ramping up the bullying, posting videos of Levi online using school issued computers.
“They’re hitting him upside his head. You know, smacking him. Just, um, the teachers are aware of it. A lot of them turn their backs,” says Levi’s mother, Dawn Simmons.
“There were other kids in the class watching this happen. You can see it on the video. And nobody even admitted to seeing it. The teacher was in the classroom and never admitted to seeing it happen. It’s horrible that nobody’s doing anything about this.”
Principal Josh Ehn says the students who made the video have been disciplined and the video was destroyed, “We try our best to educate our staff, educate our students to react to the cases and investigate the cases that we have but ultimately it’s gotta come down to the kids to take ownership of this and to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.”
Ehn admits bullying and cyber bullying are tough problems to combat.
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