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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A 14-year-old boy in Utah died yesterday after he pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head in front of his classmates.

David Phan was a ninth-grader at Bennion Junior High where he was reportedly enduring bullying. His friends say he was nice to everyone but that it didn’t stop other students from constantly picking on him. After a meeting in the principal’s office yesterday, he left the school with his mother at around 1:30 pm. The school has not released what the meeting was about, but reports are that he was searched for weapons before being allowed to leave.

A couple hours later he returned to a pedestrian bridge near the school and encountered other students he knew who had just gotten out of school. There was a short conversation before David pulled out a handgun he had retrieved from a locked safe at his home, and then shot himself in the head. He was still alive when emergency personnel arrived, but he would die a short while later in the hospital.…

CANTON, Ohio — The man who was filmed making fun of a 10-year-old disabled girl was sentenced to a month in jail, the max allowed, after pleading guilty to menacing and disorderly conduct.

William Bailey, 43, was charged after cell phone video made its way online that showed him and his 9-year-old son making fun of Hope Holcomb, a 10-year-old neighbor girl with cerebral palsy. The two families live next to each other and up until recently, their kids all got along and played together.

Hope’s mother said the trouble started with Bailey’s younger son bullying her daughter on the school bus. “She was miserable she didn’t want to ride the bus, cried every morning,” said Tricia Knight. ”He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved.”

It was after the family called police regarding Bailey’s son and some damaged Halloween decorations in their yard that Hope’s grandmother decided to record any possible retaliation the following day at the bus stop. What she captured was William Bailey and his son walking away from the school bus with exaggerated limps.…

Baltimore, MD — A cell phone video was recently published on Youtube that showed a high school teacher being bullied by her students.

The video was taken inside a classroom at Digital Harbor High, a magnet school in Federal Hill. It shows a substitute teacher sitting behind her desk as she dodges objects being thrown at her while another student flicks her head and face. You can hear the teacher tell them to stop, threatening suspension, only to be met with laughter from other students as she is called a bitch and told to shut up.

“Respect for adults. Somewhere there’s just, no civility. They don’t even respect the adults in the classroom who are trying to deliver a lesson and this is the battle we fight,” said Marietta English, the head of the teachers union in Baltimore city. She has seen the video and says this type of behavior happens more often than most people think.

She recommends teachers report this kind of activity to school police, administration, and the teachers union. …

STATEN ISLAND, NY — I’m just getting back from vacation and behind on the news, so I’m just going to post some stories I found interesting, starting with the 15-year-old high school freshman who jumped in front of a train last week because she was tired of being bullied by members of her high school’s football team.

Felicia Garcia, a 15-year-old student at Tottenville High School, was being picked on because of rumors that she slept with multiple members of the football team at a party held after a game. After school administrators heard about the rumors, they met with Garcia and the 17-year-old boy who was singled out as the main instigator.

Reports are that the meeting ended with Garcia running out while shouting at the boy. Her friends say that Garcia normally didn’t let the bullying bother her. She’d already had a tough life with her parents dying when she was young and being bounced between foster homes after running away from her aunt’s home to be with an older man.…

CANTON, Ohio — The family of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy says their daughter is afraid to leave her home because she is being bullied by her 9-year-old neighbor and his father. They even have video to prove it.

Hope Holcomb’s mother said the trouble with the boy started last year on the school bus. “She was miserable she didn’t want to ride the bus, cried every morning,” said Tricia Knight. ”He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved.”

After calling police on the family because of their son destroying Halloween decorations in their yard, Hope’s grandmother decided to record any possible retaliation the following day. What she captured was the boy and his father, William Bailey, walking away from the school bus with exaggerated limps.

“It makes me sick too, to think that a grown man would tease a 10-year-old disabled girl that has never done a thing to any of them for no reason, and now she doesn’t want to get on the bus to go to school,” said Hope’s father, Mike Knight.…

WILKES-BARRE, PA — In the comment section of  a recent  teen suicide we reported on, the subject of suicides being contagious came up. I didn’t know it at the time, but Luzerne County has lost four teenagers to suicide in the last week, all within 30 miles of each other.

If there are any inaccuracies with the following details, I apologize. I had to read about fifteen different articles and a ton of comments just to hash everything out.

On Sept. 18, 13-year-old Joshuah Delos Santos from Nanticoke shot himself. Bullying seems to be involved, although officials say they have not seen any proof of that. But over at the Joshuah Delos Santos Memorial Fund, his cousin reportedly stated otherwise. “The morning of September 18, 2012, my cousin Joshuah Allen Delos Santos decided to end his life because he was being bullied,” she said. Comments on a Facebook tribute page echoed her claims.

On Sept. 21, in Jenkins Township, 16-year-old Matthew Montagna used a hunting rifle to kill himself at his home.…

Santa Ana, CA – A California professor, grief-stricken over the recent suicide of his high school son, was allegedly plotting a rampage at the high school where his son attended, planning to kill teachers and administrators before burning down the building.

Rainer Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California for the last 12 years, has been charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High  School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator’s home. It was after he was released on bond that investigators found these fires may have been the beginning of a much more sinister plot.

They say that e-mails found on Reinscheid’s cell phone contained a detailed mass murder plot against University High School.

“He is accused of writing a graphic, detailed emails,” Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told MyFoxLA.com,  “In which he laid out plans to purchase guns, murder unnamed students and named administrators, burn the school to the ground, commit acts of sexual assault and kill himself.”

Investigators say the motive may have been revenge against the people he felt responsible for his 14-year-old son’s suicide in March.…

Louisville, KY — Here’s a relatively new practice that will undoubtedly scare the crap out of every public school system in the United States, depending on the outcome.

A mother in Kentucky has hired a lawyer and sued the public school system her daughter attends, while also filing a restraining order against the 9-year-old boy accused of bullying her.

Joy Furman’s daughter is a fourth-grader at Foster Traditional Academy who, she claims, has been tormented by a fellow classmate for the last two years. According to Furman, her daughter has suffered harassment, threats, and an incident last year when the boy allegedly karate kicked her daughter in the chest during recess.

The school ended up placing the girl into a different classroom than the boy accused of bullying her, but this year the school put them back together in the same classroom where the bullying has reportedly began again. Because of this, Furman hired attorney Teddy Gordon to sue two teachers, the school’s principal, and the young boy’s parents. She is also seeking a 500-foot protection order against the boy.…

HARDIN, Mo. — Two teenagers are facing sexual assault charges after being accused of sexually assaulting students in a high school locker room.

I’ve been following this story since it first broke in December but the details were too vague so I decided to wait until more details came out. They have, and it’s not pretty.

According to court documents, 17-year-old Jeffrey R. Ellis and 18-year-old Randy E. Estenbaum sexually assaulted separate students in the Hardin-Central High School locker room on separate occasions. These assaults happened while students were changing for P.E. or to play basketball.

In November, one of the accusers told police that Estenbaum pinned him down and forced his legs up in the air and “humped” him while he was naked. In December, Ellis allegedly assaulted two boys with the help of two others. After two other students helped hang two classmates upside down, Ellis allegedly pulled down one boy’s pants and stuck a water bottle in his butthole.

The school conducted its own investigation and all four students who participated in the attacks were expelled from school in January while Ellis and Estenbaum were charged as adults with forcible sodomy.…

Staten Island, NY — I’m sure a lot of you have read about 15-year-old Amanda Cummings by now. For those of you who haven’t, two days after Christmas, she purposely stepped in front of a city bus while carrying a four page suicide note.

She would later die at the hospital from blunt force trauma and skull fractures and her family is blaming bullying for her death. The family claims she was bullied throughout school, even in the days before her decision to end her life. Her uncle has stated he wants justice and will push this as far as he can, in an effort to ensure those who pushed her over the edge are held accountable.

“I’m not going to tolerate this,” he said. “I’m gonna go full force. Kids can’t do this to each other.”

Her mother echoed the same sentiments stating, “This entire tragedy is far, far from over,” she wrote. “I am no where done with this.”

Her sister, Dawn, recently wrote, in part, “I AM BEGGING YOU KIDS, ANYONE WITH ANY CONCRETE PROOF OF BULLYING TOWARD MY SISTER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.…

WEST PHILADELPHIA, PA  –  Three 4th grade students at Bryant Elementary School have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old classmate.

The victim’s mother says her son was attacked by the three boys in a school bathroom sometime at the end of October. Her son had already had issues with the accused, and had reported their bullying to the school a few weeks before this latest incident.

The 8-year-old is an advanced student and in the same classes as his 10-year-old attackers. On the day of the assault he had asked for permission to use the restroom and was followed by the three other boys who allegedly sexually assaulted him once inside the bathroom.

The school investigated the assault but said that aside from school policy being broken in regards to the students being allowed to go to the bathroom together, they could only find evidence of bullying and suspended the three boys for five days.

But after the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit got involved and interviewed everyone involved, the three attackers were charged as juveniles with attempted rape, unlawful restraint and indecent sexual assault.…

North Carolina Girl, 10, Committed Suicide

November 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm by  

CHADBOURN, N.C. — Two days after we reported on a 10-year-old girl in Illinois hanging herself in her bedroom because of bullying, we are now reporting on a 10-year-old girl in North Carolina who hanged herself as well.

The mother of 10-year-old Jasmine McClain found her dead in her bedroom Monday night where she had hanged herself from a metal rack. Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said it was an obvious suicide and was about to close the case when he started reading posts on Facebook about Jasmine.

“Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied in school,” Shaw said. Immediately, news reports were stating that the little girl had killed herself because of bullying. However, after checking into these comments, police say they have not found any solid evidence that this was the case.

“People are struggling to make it a bullying story,” Shaw said. “We haven’t made it that, yet. What we’ve found is the people who have posted the comments are telling us that this is what a friend said. …


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