Police say that on Friday afternoon, 15-year-old Devin Lewis was on the bus returning home from Middletown High School when three other students began harassing him.
“I was sitting in my seat listening to music, and the kids pulled my hood and earphones out, and the one sitting next to me pulled a lighter out and held it in front of my face backing my head up,” Lewis said. “One of the people behind me took their lighter, put it up to the back of my head and lit my head on fire.”
When Lewis arrived home, his mother, Stephanie McKeehan, quickly realized something was wrong when she smelled burnt hair and then saw the damage that had been done to the back of her son’s head. Furious, she called the school and met with the school principal, Dennis Newell.
“I was ready to hunt somebody down,” McKeehan laughed. “The redneck was going to come out in me definitely.”
Police were called and a male freshman and a male junior were charged with aggravated menacing. The junior was also charged with assault. Another junior was charged with obstructing official business. All three have been suspended for three days with a recommendation to be expelled, and all three were scheduled to appear in juvenile court sometime this morning.
Lewis has a message for other kids out there who, like himself, are bullied at school.
“It’s not right, and you shouldn’t have to go through it. Don’t just sit there and be quiet. That never gets it done. You got to speak up.”