Teen Punished for Trying to Stop Bullying, WTF?
This story about bullying comes out of Lake County, Florida. An 18 year old high school senior named Stormy witnessed bullying of a mentally challenged middle school student. Apparently, these girls would tell the mentally challenged student that she couldn't sit in certain seats, and they would feed her food they had already chewed up. Stormy said she actually had to tell the girl not to eat it, because she didn't understand.
This is not a picture of the student.
The bus drive did nothing.
She complained to school officials.
School officials did nothing.
She and her mother both wrote formal complaints to the school, and waited weeks for a response.
The school did nothing.
Clearly fed up, Stormy told those bullying brats that if the school wasn't going to do something about it, she would.
School officials finally did something!!
Finally, right? Took them long enough! But wait…
They kicked Stormy off the bus for “bullying behavior”.
The school stands behind their decision and says two wrongs don't make a right. No, two wrongs do NOT make a right… but this student is so lucky Stormy stood up for her. And they wonder why the suicide rate for teens is through the roof? Anyone else feel like writing to this school? I sure do. So I looked up these email addresses to share with you. Feel free to send them both a little email telling her how disgusted you are with the school's decision.
District as a whole: firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Foundation: email@example.com
Main Phone: 352-253-6500
My best friend all through elementary school, her name was Emily. She was considered “mentally challenged”. I hate that term.. ugh. Anyway, she had Down Syndrome. Nobody would have dared to make fun of her. Ever!! It just wasn't something that you did. Making fun of the fat kid? Maybe. The kid that couldn't run very fast? Sure. (Doesn't make it right, but IT DID happen.) But the ones that couldn't help how they were born? HELL NO! I don't know if times are changing, or if things were just different in our school, but this isn't okay and someone needs to make an example of this school.
— Slap Dash Mom (@SlapDashMom) June 1, 2012