A six-year-old boy was stabbed in the throat with a pencil by a classmate at Crowell Elementary School on February 27.
Uncensored photos have been released of the boy’s injury by the Turlock City News.
His father, Ruben Aguilar, claims the school was notified that his son was being bullied in the weeks prior to the stabbing. School administrators did not respond to his complaints.
After the boy was stabbed, the school notified Aguilar and he had the boy’s grandfather pick him up from school. When he arrived, the boy had the pencil dangling from his neck, reports CBS Sacramento.
“When I went to pick him up he was sitting there with a pencil just dangling. I ask where the nurse was they said she was somewhere else at another emergency. I’d like to know what the emergency was? Then they asked me if I wanted to pull the pencil out all I asked (for was a) damn piece of tape and taped it to his chest. I feel they should have called an ambulance, he could have been bleeding internally,” the boy’s grandfather posted on Facebook via Ruben Aguilar’s page after the incident.
“They didn’t do what they were supposed to do to take care of him,” said Aguilar. “Regardless, it wasn’t as serious as it was, but it could have been life threatening, and it could have cost my son his life.”
Aguilar claims the school did not call an ambulance because other parents have complained in the past about the cost.
“There’s a paper that when you fill out to go to school, if there is an emergency, gives them permission to send them to the hospital. And I did sign that paper,” Aguilar said. “My son’s life means more to me than a couple hundred dollars of whatever I would end up paying.”
Crowell Principal Linda Alaniz has refused to comment on the incident.
The classmate who stabbed the boy in question is believed to have only received a lunchtime detention as punishment.
The boy is physically fine now, and has transferred to another school whose name remains undisclosed. The emotional scars surrounding the incident remain.
“My son is terrified of going to school. He wants a police officer with him because he is afraid that the boy is going to stab him again. He is six years old and he is afraid to go to school,” said Aguilar.
The boy’s parents say they are considering legal action against the school district.
A Florida mother was charged with battery after getting into a fight with her daughter’s middle school classmate.
Irisdaly Rios, 35, was arrested Wednesday after a scuffle with 12-year-old Ashley Perez at Hialeah Middle School.
Rios approached the girl in the school parking lot on Wednesday.
Perez told NBC Miami that she expected Rios to offer some advice about the ongoing tensions between her and her daughter.
“That's why I walked to the car, because usually, if it was another mother, she'll be like, 'Oh, what's happening to my daughter. Let's fix this up,'" Perez said. “She got aggressive, and I think she felt her daughter was in danger.”
Rios allegedly flew into a rage, leaving Perez with a chipped tooth and scratches on her neck.
She later defended attacking the girl.
"This girl bullies my daughter every day," Rios told NBC.
Perez also left Rios with scratches on her arm and neck.
Police said Rios should have spoken to school officials or police about the bullying allegations.
"Everybody loses here,” said Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby.
A video has surfaced showing a young Michigan boy with Asperger Syndrome stuck in a chair at school. Now that it has been revealed that the boy’s teacher was the one that captured the footage on her cell phone, she is now facing tenure charges and could be fired.
The video shows the unidentified 10-year-old boy with special needs stuck in a chair while the teacher films and taunts him. At one point, a male voice is heard in the background also teasing the boy, and it’s been revealed that the voice belongs to the school principal Michael Ellis. The teacher Nicole McVey emailed the video to her colleagues, and eventually, school administrators saw it. Ellis wound up resigning as principal, and now, McVey may be fired.
"You hear of bullying by other students and other kids in class, I have had cases like this before, but I have never had a case with teachers and administrators bullying," said Patrick Greenfelder, the attorney representing the boy’s family.
McVey asks the boy if he wants to be tasered while he is struggling to figure out a way to squeeze out of the chair, and this comment outraged many. Other parents who defend her, however, say that the term “taser” refers to taking the two pointer fingers and moving them in a tickling motion along the child’s side in a playful way in order to get the child to focus. Still, the boy’s parents are not happy with the use of that phrase, especially in a stressful situation like that.
In the video, when McVey tells the boy that maintenance is on their way to get him out, Principal Ellis’s voice can be heard saying, “It’s not really an emergency in their book.”
Many people in the Goodrich community have been quick to defend McVey’s actions and say that she meant to harm.
"I know she is supported by the community, the other teachers, the staff, I have learned a lot from her and I support her fully," said Leanne Ruediger, a substitute teacher at the school. “I believe that Nicole's intentions and motivations are always in the right place.”
The boy’s parents say they are discouraged by the amount of negative comments their child has received as a result of the incident, saying that he, "is now labeled as a disturbance to the other ‘normal’ children in his class. Our son did nothing wrong, but yet this seems to be another case of blaming the victim."
The school board has not commented on this matter or where they are at with filing tenure charges against McVey.
One teen’s controversial suspension at a Texas high school has angered people all over the country after news of it spread like wildfire on social media.
18-year-old Chris Tumax was in lunch at Rudder High School when he suddenly heard his special needs friend yelling behind him. When Tumax turned around, he saw his friend being tormented by some other students.
"I turned around and saw he was being harassed," said Tumax to KBTX. “I told the guys to be quiet and leave him alone.”
Shortly after, Tumax says he was called down to speak with school officials and was told he was being given one day’s suspension. Officials said that they were basing their decision off surveillance video of the incident, and, according to what they could see, Tumax was the aggressor in the situation because he stepped towards the bullies. The school officials made that decision without any context and didn’t even listen to the accounts of other students.
"They had to base it off what they saw in the cameras," said Tumax. "They saw me go forward, and that's the reason I got suspended."
Following Tumax’s suspension, his fellow students took to social media to demand that school officials reverse his suspension.
“Okay BISD, suspending a boy for sticking up for a special needs kid that was being bullied? you have a huge mess to clean up. #FreeTumax,” wrote Twitter user @heartificial.
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Wallis also took to Twitter, but instead of defending Tumax’s actions, Wallis made clear that it was a private matter.
"I appreciate the messages today, I do read them,” tweeted Wallis. “Please remember student discipline issued by a campus is a confidential matter."
An official school statement echoed the same sentiment and reminded people that they could not discuss the matter publicly.
"Individual student discipline is tied to confidential student records," the statement said. "Regardless of the circumstances surrounding any one event, by law the district cannot comment. These privacy boundaries are put in place to protect students and their confidential information."
Tumax says he is not angry with school officials for suspending him, but he does make clear that if he was faced with the same situation again, he would stand up for his bullied friend every time.
"My message is, go out and help somebody," said Tumax. "If you see it, don't hesitate, don't be scared. We're all human, we all need help, and we all have demons that we're fighting with."
According to reports, the suspension will not go on the student’s permanent record.
An 11-year-old boy in North Carolina may have permanent brain damage after hanging himself due to bullying by schoolmates.
According to reports, Michael Morones hanged himself from his bunk bed last month after being severely bullied by other students because he loved “My Little Pony.”
“He’d come home and say, ‘Mom, I’m tired of people being mean to me, I’m tired or people calling me gay, I’m tired of people telling me I’m ugly, that I’m stupid,’” said Michael’s mother Tiffany Morones-Suttle. “He hung himself off the side of the bunk bed, off the railing.”
Michael’s love of the popular children’s television program made him a prime target for bullies in school. The show is generally marketed more towards young girls, but over the years, a growing number of males have taken a liking to the show, calling themselves “bronies.”
“It teaches the most basic moral values to a lot of complex thoughts,” said Michael’s stepfather Shannon Suttle.
Michael is currently fighting to recover at a hospital in Raleigh, but doctors say that the damage done to his brain could be life-long.
As for the bullies, Michael’s mother says that instead of going after them, a change needs to be made in how children are being taught to behave and in how they treat their peers.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to go after bullies and hold them responsible,” said Tiffany. “But you know, I don’t think that’s what Mike would want. I would rather teach people how to do right than turn around than punish, because punishment doesn’t always work.”
Michael is scheduled to have a tracheotomy this week, and the family is accepting donations to the Michael Morones Recovery Fund to help with expenses to treat the young boy.
In an unorthodox effort to encourage active play in a New Zealand primary school, a principal has stopped enforcing rules on the playground. According to TVNZ, children at Swanson Primary School in Auckland can be seen “climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime." Aside from successfully encouraging children to be more active during the time alloted for recreational activities, the study has had some unintended positive consequences.
Since implementing the new no-rule policy, the school has experienced a decrease in instances of bullying, vandalism and injuries. The school even claims that the concentration levels in class have increased as a result of the new policy.
School Principal Bruce McLachlan explained that preventing trouble is as simple as allowing children the freedom to explore and take risks on their own.
“We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when it fact they should be able to fall over. When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult’s perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don’t,” McLachlan said.
The primary school’s new playground policy actually began as part of a larger study conducted by two New Zealand colleges, the Auckland University of Technology and Otago University. The goal of the study was simply to encourage more “active play” on the playground, but McLachlan saw such vast improvements in his school that he decided to drop the playground rules altogether.
“The kids were motivated, busy and engaged,” McLachlan said about the results of the study, “In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged.”
AUT Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield explained that he conducted the study under the belief that children “have to learn risk on their own terms. It doesn’t develop by watching TV, they have to get out there.”
According to the Sun News Network, Swanson Primary School no longer needs a timeout area or as many teachers on patrol during recess.
McLachlan also encouraged other schools throughout the country to take similar action, explaining how his simple method has worked wonders.
“It’s a no brainer. As far as implementation, it’s a zero-cost game in most cases. All you are doing is abandoning the rules,” McLachlan said.
A high school student once believed to be an aggresor in a bullying incident has been found innocent.
The student is Kobe Nelson, a freshman at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. On January 8th, Nelson and another student had a confrontation in the school halls. The other student, a member of the school’s wrestling team, was allegedly upset that Nelson and his ex-girlfriend hung out over winter break. There was some pushing in the halls and both students were reported to school administrators and suspended.
“After school, about 3:30 in the afternoon, I received a phone call from the principal at Kobe's school," Nelson's father, Tommy Purvis, said. "She made it sound like Kobe had been fighting back. ... I told her, if Kobe's been in a fight, and he had been fighting back, I told them to go ahead and suspend him, and do what they had to do."
When Kobe spoke with his father, he insisted he never fought back. On the contrary, he told Purvis that he repeatedly tried to walk away from the situation. After his suspension was filed, a video surfaced of the incident. Kobe’s side of the story was corroborated – he is seen on film actively trying to leave the scene without fighting back.
Here’s the video:
Kobe’s father went to school administrators after seeing the video.
"I go to see the administration on Friday. I have the video at this point," he said. "I went to show (the principal) the video and she shakes her head 'no' and raises her hand in the air, and says 'I don't need to see that; I know what happened.'"
Frustrated by the principal’s lack of interest in finding out what really happened on the day Kobe was bullied, Purvis took his story to the crime blog Photography is not a Crime. After dozens of readers sent school administrators critical emails, Purvis finally had their attention. The deputy superintendent called him on the same day Photography is not a Crime posted their story.
Here’s what deputy superintendent Mat Holton had to say about the incident:
"This bullying incident occurred, it was fairly quick. By the time (school officials) got there, it was over. They talked with both students that were involved. There were conflicting stories. ... They also talked with some other student witnesses and received some information that the threats were mutual -- there were threats coming from both sides prior to the incident.
“Days later, this video appears and the school is able to look at the video and able to see there is clearly an aggressor and clearly a victim. At the beginning of this week, they rescinded (Kobe's) initial discipline.”
A transgender teen in California is facing criminal charges after being involved in a schoolyard brawl, caught on camera, with a group of bullies.
16-year-old Jewlyes Gutierrez says that her part in the fight was self-defense against three girls that were relentlessly bullying her, but the district attorney won’t back down from the charges.
"It went to a point that I had all these emotions on me, and I didn't know what to do," she said. "It came to a point where I wanted to hurt myself."
Gutierrez says she was left with no choice but to stand up to the girls, and that’s when the fight broke out. The transgender student is the only one facing criminal charges for the fight, and now, a petition by Guitierrez’s sister demanding the charges be dropped has gone viral.
"Hopefully it helps inspire other people in similar situations to speak up as well," said Melissa Gutierrez Poquiz. "Because these hurtful treatments shouldn't be tolerated."
All four girls were suspended following the fight, but once video of the brawl made it to the Internet, Gutierrez was charged with battery.
District Attorney Dan Cabral refuses to talk about the case, but school board president Charles Ramsey wonders why criminal charges were filed after the school already dealt with the incident on their own.
"And what's the precedent it sets? Is this going to happen anytime somebody sends in a video clip?" said Ramsey. "If we're going to find out that instead of real heinous crimes and murders and robberies...are we going to be focused on students who are at a high school?"
Gutierrez is scheduled to appear in court in early February and hopes that the petition, which already has over 2,000 signatures, will push the district attorney to drop all charges.
A mother caught her daughter bullying others on the internet. What did she do about it? She posted a picture of her daughter holding a sign with her punishment on it.
The sign reads:
"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."
The picture was publicized by reddit user AngryCOMMguy, who says the picture was posted on Facebook by a suburban mom.
In the comment sections, people seem to be split over whether this is an example of good parenting or cyber-bullying. Here is one commenter who thinks the picture is good idea.
“This actually does seem better than other "embarrass your child by making them wear a sign" punishments I've seen,” user TAU_equals_2PI wrote. “Because the sign doesn't say she "is a bully" but rather she is "a kind, caring, smart girl, but" she makes poor choices with social media. Seems I've heard that's important to do in discipline. Don't convince the kid they're inherently bad. Emphasize that their behavior needs to change.”
And now for a comment from the cyber-bullying crowd:
"How to teach your kid to not be a cyberbully: post a judgmental photo of her on the Internet so people can see how bad she is,” user LOTnorm wrote.
Another user said "I think shaming your kids is horrific parenting and all the 'parenting: doing it right' replies [that] this kind of submission gets is very sad."
What do you think? Is the picture a good way to prevent a child from bullying on the internet in the future? Or is more likely to just embarrass the child without teaching them a lesson? Let us know in the comments section below.
Although it’s widely known about, bullying is a huge problem that doesn’t receive enough attention. If a child feels they have to get a nose job just to interact with peers at school without being teased, you know there is a problem.
TODAY ran a story recently about 15 year old Renata. Her full name is not being revealed. Renata has been homeschooled for the last three years due to relentless teasing from classmates about her appearance. The bullying was such a problem that Renata felt she could not keep going to school.
“I’m just afraid I'll never have any friends or anyone to be there for me,” she said through tears in her interview with TODAY.
Renata and her family decided on plastic surgery in a last-resort attempt to restore her self-esteem and prevent future bullying. The only problem is plastic surgery is expensive. A nose job from a respected plastic surgeon can easily cost $7,000. Desperate for help, Renata and her family turned to the Little Baby Face Foundation.
The Little Baby Face Foundation is a surgery group that offers plastic surgery free of charge to children born with birth defects. The foundation’s leader, Dr. Thomas Romo, says they get thousands letters every year from children who are bullied due to their appearance. Romo and his team agreed to offer Renata surgery.
Doctors determined Renata had a deviated septom and a lopsided face.
“We can't go after the bully - but we can try and empower the children,” Dr. Romo said.
The teenagers mom also spoke to TODAY about the family’s decision to pursue surgery.
“I dont think it's sending the wrong message - (Renata) still sees what she sees in the mirror and it has an affect on her self esteem and confidence regardless of what anyone says,” she said. “Unfortunately, people are judged on how they look.”
After a successful surgery, Renata is now slated to start at a new school.
“I think if (the bullies) see you getting the surgery to fix something that they teased you about it would make them feel bad and maybe it would change their mind about doing it,” she said.