Matthew Burdette killed himself on November 29. His family had noticed the once happy, popular teen had become withdrawn in the days leading up to his suicide, but say they never saw it coming.
Matthew left a note that stated he had no friends and that he could no longer handle school. Wanting answers, his family started asking questions – starting with school officials at University City High School.
They say school officials wouldn’t tell them anything about what may have happened at the school to have caused Matthew to suddenly hate school so bad that it would be part of his reasoning for ending his own life.
However, other students didn’t have such issues. They told Matthew’s family that their son was being relentlessly bullied over a video that was posted online that went viral.…Continue Reading
SURPRISE, AZ – A 5-year-old boy has been accused of sexual misconduct after he pulled his pants down while on his school’s playground.
The boy’s mother says that back in April, her son was playing on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School when another student told him if he didn’t pull his pants down he was going to do it for him.
So her son pulled down his pants and underwear in front of other students and teachers. The boy was taken to the principal’s office where he was given detention and was forced to sign a document that labeled his actions as “sexual misconduct.”
She said she’s tried to get the school to remove the label or amend the report, especially since the act was not sexual in nature and may have been the result of bullying. She also didn’t like that she was not present for the meeting in the principal’s office when her son was instructed to sign the document.
The school have declined to remove the sexual misconduct label, stating they followed proper procedures and protocols.…Continue Reading
PERRY HALL, MD — A father hit a teacher with a baseball bat after finding the teacher had engaged in some inappropriate texts with his teenage daughter.
Police were firsts contacted by the mother of a 15-year-old student at Perry Hall High School after she discovered a series of text messages between her daughter and a 42-year-old teacher at the school.
When police arrived and checked out the messages, they agreed that the texts seem to show an emotional relationship between the teen and the teacher that seemed inappropriate, but none of it constituted a crime.
Police would return to the home several hours later after receiving a disturbance report. The father of the teen said the teacher showed up at the family’s home wanting to talk. When the teacher refused to leave as he was instructed, the teen’s father hit the teacher with a baseball bat.
The teacher sustained minor injuries but said he did not wish to pursue charges. The names of the teacher and the father are not being released as neither of them have been charged with a crime. …Continue Reading
QUEENS, NY – Joy Morsi, a 39-year-old gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School, is facing a slew of rape charges after being accused of having a year-long sexual relationship with at least two underage students.
Police say Morsi, a married mother of four children, offered to help a 16-year-old member of the school’s wrestling team lose some weight. This relationship eventually lead to Morsi sending him sexually charged emails and “raunchy selfies”, before taking him into a gym closet and showing the teen her nice tits.
According to prosecutor Taylor Piscionere, the pair then had 20 to 30 more sexual encounters in and out of the school over the next six weeks, including inside the school’s basement and inside her car. This relationship continued for almost a year, ending only a couple of weeks ago after a jealous Morsi flipped out when she found out the teen, now 17, had gotten himself a date to the prom..
A female friend of the teen told her mother about what was happening and that girl’s mother, who works in the school system, informed another education department employee.…Continue Reading
Brooklyn, NY – Two boys, ages 9 and 12, have been arrested after they allegedly put rat poison pellets in their teacher’s water bottle.
According to reports, the boys were at PS 315 in Flatbush on Monday when they decided to spice up one of their teacher’s water with some poison. The boys were busted after another student saw what they had done and reported it to their mother, who contacted the school.
School officials ended up calling police after rat poison pellets were found in one the boy’s backpacks. The teacher had already drank from the water bottle and ended up going to the doctor for some mild nausea. The fourth-grade teacher was treated and released.
Both boys are now facing charges of attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, said police. According to the police commissioner, the boys put a small amount of the poison in the teacher’s water because “the 9-year-old wanted to see what the reaction would be.”
“God knows where kids get these ideas,” he said.…Continue Reading
HOUSTON, TX – Police have charged a 16-year-old student at Nimitz High School after he became upset with his substitute teacher taking his phone, that he pushed the 66-year-old woman onto the ground.
Two separate videos taken inside the classroom show the 6 foot 3. 325 lbs student standing up and pushing Beverly Round three times, the final push sending Round to the floor. The student allegedly became angry with Round because she’d taken away his phone after he was caught texting in class.
After the assault, the student walked himself to the principal’s office to turn himself in. He was subsequently arrested and charged with injury to the elderly.
Aldine ISD released the following statement:
“Aldine Independent School District police on Thursday filed a criminal charge of injury to an elderly person against a 16-year-old male student. The charge stems from an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Nimitz High School when a substitute teacher confiscated the student’s cell phone. The student is accused of physically shoving the substitute teacher to the ground and then retrieving his cell phone.…Continue Reading
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI – Parents of a six-year-old girl have filed a restraining order against one of her five-year-old classmates after the boy allegedly told the girl he wanted to slit her throat and watch her bleed.
According to the girl’s father, Brian Metzger, that threat was just one of the many things the boy has reportedly done to bully his daughter while in school at Prairie Lane Elementary School.
“The whole year she’s been dealing with it. There have been other students in the classroom who have been dealing with the same individual,” Metzger said.
Metzger says his daughter has been kicked in the face, and had sand and rocks thrown at her on the playground. Metzger went to the school requesting the boy be removed from the classroom. When nothing changed and the bullying continued, Metzger took matters into his own hands.
He ended up filing a police report as well as filing a temporary restraining order against the five-year-old boy. Only then did the school remove the boy from the class.…Continue Reading
HANCOCK COUNTY, OH – A teacher only received a 10 day suspension after school surveillance cameras capture her assaulting a 6-year-old kindergartner, and the kid’s parents aren’t too happy about that.
The parents of Ian Nelson were outraged when they were provided surveillance footage that showed their son, Ian, as he is confronted by his teacher, Barb Williams, as he walks out of the school bathroom at Riverdale Local Schools.
Williams can be seen first grabbing Ian and pinning him against the wall before grabbing him by the face and then picking him up off the floor by his shirt. The video ends as she drags him by tharm into the bathroom.
There’s no information on exactly why Williams was so angry at the kid, but the school ended up suspending Williams for 10 days. As you can probably understand, Ian’s parents aren’t satisfied with that response – especially since there are only 10 days left in the school year.
Ian’s parents want Williams terminated and plan on taking the video to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to try to file criminal charges against Williams.…Continue Reading
Calgary – Police in Calgary have named Matthew de Grood, the son of a police officer, as the sole suspect in what they call the worst mass murder in their city’s history.
It is still unclear what spurned the attack, but it happened at an all day party attended by several dozen University of Calgary students celebrating the end of classes.
De Grood had been invited to the party and arrived there after finishing his shift at a local grocery store. But for reasons unknown, at around 1:20am, the 22-year-old turned a kitchen knife on some of the party-goers.
When the attack was over, Joshua Hunter, Kaitlin Perras, and Jordan Segura were dead at the scene, while Lawrence Hong and Zackariah Rathwell would die later at the hospital.
Police would apprehend de Grood less than an hour later after he was tracked down by a K9 unit. He was treated for dog bites before being charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Police chief Rick Hanson said de Grood targeted the victims one by one, stabbing them multiple times.…Continue Reading
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – If you’ve ever wondered what kind of face a Christian school teacher might make after getting caught with his dick in an underage schoolgirl’s mouth, look no further than to your left.
That’s the mugshot of Eric Beasley, the 24-year-old biology teacher at Zion Lutheran Church who got busted having sexual relations with one of his 14-year-old students.
He was caught after police noticed his parked car behind a business and found him and the ninth-grade student half-naked in his car. When questioned, they both admitted they’d just got finished performing oral sex on each other.
Beasley would go on to admit that his relationship with his student had turned sexual on Valentine’s Day and that the two would often make out at school during lunch breaks. Cops would later discover that Beasley had used his phone to send the girl pictures of his dick.
Beasley was arrested and charged with nine counts of sexual battery by a custodian on a minor and two counts of sending obscene material to a minor.…Continue Reading
Houston, TX – A Texas middle school teacher is facing sexual assault charges after she was accused of giving a 15-year-old student a blowjob in her classroom.
According to Harris County court documents, police began investigating 43-year-old Corrie Anne Long after a student at Hopper Middle School informed staff that they’d witnessed some odd behavior between Long and one of her math students. They said they witnessed the student smack the teacher on the ass, and had seen Long sitting on the boy’s lap.
When police talked to the student allegedly involved in an appropriate relationship with Long, he told them he had known long since sixth-grade, and that she performed oral sex on him in her classroom last November. After hugging the boy’s penis with her mouth, she told him not to tell anyone or she would lose her job.
Long, who’s been with the school district since 2002, was subsequently removed from her position at the school and is currently on administrative leave. She is not allowed back on campus pending the outcome of the police investigation.…Continue Reading
TACOMA, WA – A former sixth-grade teacher was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old student for over a year, but with four months already served, will spend the remaining two months at home.
Keshia Shaw was a math and science teacher at at Tacoma’s Gray Middle School when she first started molesting one of her students in 2007. The sexual abuse continued for over a year and a half, stopping only after the boy heard a sermon about molestation and finally told his mother what was happening.
Shaw would eventually plead guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape, in exchange for a six-month sentence. Judge McCarthy delivered the sentence on Tuesday, but was reluctant. He said he’d read through the court documents and didn’t like that Shaw kinda shifted some of the blame on the victim.
However, standing before the judge, Shaw took full responsibility for her actions and Judge McCarthy ended up crediting her for the four months she’s already served, and agreed to let her go home with a monitoring device to serve out the remaining two months.…Continue Reading
MULLICA TOWNSHIP, NJ — Residents of Mullica Township are rallying behind Kelly Mascio, a teacher for more than 15 years who was suspended after finding two students naked in her classroom bathroom and promptly reported it to a principal.
On Sept. 30, Mascio found two 5-year-olds — a boy and girl — inside her in-classroom bathroom together. Both were naked and told Mascio they were “having sex.” Mascio reported the incident to the principal, who then called police and the state Department of Youth and Family Services.
In response, Mascio was immediately suspended with pay even though police found no reason to pursue criminal charges against her and closed the case. Now Superintendent Brenda Harring-Marro has filed tenure charges against Mascio in an effort to have her fired permanently.
The Board of Education met Wednesday night to determine whether to certify the charges, but refused to inform the public — including about 200 people who came out to support Mascio — whether it had certified the complaint or not.
Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault said this was Mascio’s first year teaching kindergartners and that the day of the incident was a confusing one as children were moving in and out of Mascio’s classroom for MAPS benchmark testing.…Continue Reading
WESTMINSTER, CO – Vince Nett, a 16-year-old sophomore at Standley Lake, attempted suicide in the school’s cafeteria by drinking a bottle of bleach and then setting himself on fire.
At around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, Nett was in the school cafeteria when he drank a water bottle full of bleach before dousing himself with Coleman fuel and lighting himself up. “I could see the kid in the flames,” a student said. “He was standing and it was almost like he was dancing around in the fire.”
A quick-thinking cafeteria worker was able to retrieve a fire extinguisher that a custodian used to put out the flames. Nett was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from burns to 80 percent of his body. Aside from a teacher cutting their hand while getting the fire extinguisher out of its glass case, no one else was injured. Police say Nett never tried to harm other students.
No on knows why Nett decided to kill himself in such a fashion, but over the weekend he posted his plans online.…Continue Reading
HARRISBURG, PA – A high school field hockey coach has been accused of covering up the alleged rape of one of her players during a weekend athletic festival.
According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl was attending the Keystone State Games with her family this past summer, but had been allowed to spend the night at a hotel with her field hockey coach, 25-year-old Alicia Colon, and two other girls.
It was supposed to be a “girls night” until Colon picked up three men from a nearby town and brought them back to her hotel room. The men had taken taken Ecstasy, and Colon admitted she smoked some weed with them.
At some point that night, the victim woke up to one of the men, 23-year-old Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, kissing on her neck. After telling him to stop five times, he finally did. But two hours later he was scratching at her door again, waking up the victim as he touched her “private areas”.
Gomez-Echavarria then raped the girl, who said she didn’t scream because she was afraid he would hurt her.…Continue Reading
Melcher-Dallas, IA - Before I get started with this bullying article, let me say that I think the word “bullying” is used way too much lately, often used in any situation where someone is mean to another – regardless of any signs of continued harassment or if the perceived victim is 8-years-old or 38. I feel this effectively waters the word down, and is an insult to all of the kids who suffer through true bullying every day of their lives.
Honestly, a lot of times I hear the word “bullying” used and can’t help but imagine Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, pointing at someone with his mouth agape, but screaming “Buuuuuuulllllly!!!” in an attempt to direct the anonymous, online horde of professional pitchfork and torch holders to a new target. It’s why I stay away from a lot of bully bandwagon stories that ultimately lead to nothing but online lynch mobs and ridiculous laws being passed to satisfy outraged parents holding voter registration cards.
All that being said, WhoTV reported on 13-year-old Levi Null, a boy in Iowa who has been the target of bullying at Melcher-Dallas High School.…Continue Reading
CARROLL COUNTY, GA – An 8-year-old girl with hair extensions had to be taken to the emergency room after bullies at her school pulled her hair so hard that they ripped her scalp.
Aolani Dunbar’s family said she wanted to brush her hair like other girls at school so she got hair extensions. When she showed up to school, other kids picked on her for two weeks and took turns trying to pull out the extensions. They pulled her hair so hard that they eventually ripped Aolani’s scalp.
“They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground,” said Aolani. “Everybody got a chance, and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.”
Her grandmother discovered the injury after she returned home from school one day. “When I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry,” said Dorris Bearden. “I cried as I un-braided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands.”
She was taken to the hospital to have her scalp repaired, where she had to have her hair shaved to avoid infection.…Continue Reading
Danvers, MA – A 14-year-old student at Danvers High School has been accused of stabbing a 24-year-old math teacher to death inside the school before hiding her body in nearby woods.
On Tuesday evening, Philip Chism was reported missing after the teen did not return home from school. The lead scorer for the high school’s soccer team also did not show up for an afternoon practice, or a dinner at a teammates house later that night.
At around 11:30 pm, Colleen Ritzer was reported missing by her family after she did not return home from Danvers High School, where she taught math, and was not answering her cell phone. When police went to the school to search for Ritzer, they found a second-floor bathroom covered in blood.
About an hour later, Chism was found walking alone along Route 1 and was taken to the police station. A short time later, police returned to Danvers High and found Ritzer’s dead body in a wooded area near the school. She’d been stabbed to death.…Continue Reading
Douglasville, GA - A senior at a Georgia high school is being treated for burns to 25 percent of her body after a science experiment went wrong during her school’s open house, and she was caught on fire.
On Thursday, Chapel Hill High School was hosting an Advanced Placement Open House where groups of students conduct presentations throughout the building. One group was showing how you can identify chemicals by the color of their flame when burning.
Surveillance video captured the moment a flammable liquid came out of its container too quicklyand ignited. The resulting fireball set a 12th grade female student on fire, and people nearby learned how to identify a human by the color of their flame when burning. (Hint: Bright yellow and screaming).
One of the student’s teachers who’d been monitoring the experiment took her down to the ground in an effort to extinguish the flames, but was having some trouble. Another teacher handed 17-year-old Will Wheeler a fire blanket that he was able to use to finally put out the fire.…Continue Reading
STAMFORD, CT - Police in Connecticut have arrested a 12-year-old girl after they say she was relentlessly bullying another student at a private middle school in Stamford.
The parents of a 13-year-old girl went to police after their daughter told them she was being bullied at school by the 12-year-old, who constantly taunted and harassed her. Even after making the complaint to police, the bullying continued and even intensified.
The bullying got so bad that the victim spoke about killing herself, prompting school administrators to work with police and investigate the bullying claims. This lead to police arresting the bully and charging her with disorderly conduct.
“This behavior will not be tolerated,” Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said. “If it is brought to our attention, we will vigorously investigate the allegations and make arrests when appropriate. We investigate all claims of bullying, and this type of behavior will not be condoned in a learning environment.”
Some residents think that arresting the girl, who was later released to her parents, is a bit drastic.…Continue Reading