Over the past year alone we’ve learned of countless students who took their own lives because their schools failed to protect them from horrific torment.
Despite all of these high profile suicides, hate crimes, assaults and lawsuits, bullying continues to fester – and not just from fellow students.
That’s what one student at Bankbridge Regional School in Gloucester County, N.J., says happened to him. So he decided to take things into his own hands and videotape the bully who happened to hold an important position; he was his teacher.
“It makes me feel like I’m trash,” said 15-year-old Julio Artuz.
Julio’s bully, his teacher, threatened to “kick his ass” and threatened to come after him when the boy left school.
But even Julio’s torment was mild compared to the three years of harassment and anguish 14-year-old special needs student Cheyanne was subjected to at the hands of two of her teachers.
After being told repeatedly by school administrators that his daughter was lying about being harassed and bullied, he outfitted her with a hidden tape recorder under her clothes. For the next four days, she recorded a series of abusive and cutting remarks from a teacher and a teacher’s aide at Miami Trace Middle School in Washington Courthouse, Ohio.
What punishment do these teachers – no, lets be honest here – these criminals face? Julio’s teacher remains on paid leave, while one of Cheyanne’s teachers was asked to resign, while the other is expected to be put back in the same classroom next school year.
If these weren’t special needs students, or LGBT students like we have covered in the past, being subjected to this treatment, these would be considered crimes. When a man threatens to kick a 30-year-old woman’s ass, it is a crime. When a woman forces an elderly man to do something against his will, it is a crime.
These teachers, and all bullies both young and old, should be prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law. Lock these three adults up where they can’t hurt anyone ever again.