After a woman reportedly pulled her son from school due to severe bullying, she posted on Facebook detailing the ordeal, which has gone viral.
Melanie McNally of Kensington, a city in Canada's Prince Edward Island province, posted a message on Facebook on Nov. 16 explaining that she removed her son from Kensington Intermediate Senior High School due to severe bullying, reports CBC News. The post also included photos of what she says are her son's injuries from years of abuse at the hands of peers, including a missing tooth and bruises on his skin.
According to McNally's post, her decision to pull her son Collin, 14, from school came after an incident on Nov. 12 in which police showed up at her door and warned her that 20 teenagers had gathered at a local skating rink to watch her son get beaten up. The post explained that the teen had agreed to participate, "in hopes it would end the years of bullying."
McNally wrote that the police were called to the rink before her son could show up.
"I can't stop thinking about what would have happened to my child down there with 20 teenagers," McNally wrote, adding that the incident could have "resulted in the death of my child or seriously injured at the very least."
McNally also said in the Facebook message that Collin had endured at least eight years of severe physical and emotional bullying before the incident, and that she was concerned that the ordeal may cause him to attempt suicide.
"I'm happy he has not taken it out physically on himself yet," she said in the post.
McNally's post also complained about the lack of action on the part of school and district authorities to address the bullying.
"I have tried to get help from the schoolboard, the minister of education and the English schoolboard lawyer," wrote McNally.
"Nobody will speak to me or my family to help."
McNally's Facebook post has now gone viral, garnering more than 58,000 shares and 156 comments in four days.
Users of the social media site responded to the post with a flood of support for the bullied teen and his mother.
"Good for you taking your boy out," one poster said. "He deserves so much better."
"If sharing this helps in any way I will share it again and again," another commenter wrote.
McNally told CBC News that Collin first began to experience bullying soon after the family moved to Kensington. She said she believed her son was targeted partly because he has neurofibromytosis, a genetic disorder that has caused a learning disability as well as speech and language impediments.
She said in previous incidents her son was thrown into urinals, had his teeth knocked out, and was hung from a slide by his hoodie.
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Both McNally and Collin said they were touched by the support they have received online since the Facebook message went viral.
"The support has been nothing less than amazing. I am completely overwhelmed by it," McNally told CBC News.
Collin was initially reluctant to share his story on social media, but has since received many supportive messages on his Facebook page, including well wishes from other students in Kensington.
“I want to thank everyone around Canada … all the support and love everyone’s given me and my mom,” he said in a video posted online, The Guardian reported.
McNally said she hoped her son would eventually be able to return to school once the issue was properly addressed.
District superintendent of the English Language School Board, Cynthia Fleet, said that both the school board and the principal of the teen's school are now investigating the Nov. 12 incident at the skating rink after being notified by police of the situation.
She also urged social media users to remember that there may be two sides to the story.
"Quite often when people are putting information on Facebook it is limited in perspective and doesn’t contain full context," she told The Guardian.
"We, people in society I mean, need to be careful of how we are responding to what we read on Facebook, and until we know all details and all information, that’s the only way to we can make a determination as to what, if anything, has occurred and how to respond."