Monday, October 11, 2010

FL: Teacher Suspended, 2 Charged After "Special Needs" Student Bullied


October 11, 2010

A 12-year-old boy was bullied and humiliated so badly at Holly Hill Middle School that he ended up in a corner, crying uncontrollably. After an attack in a gym locker room, his gym teacher has been suspended from school and two students were charged with misdemeanors.

The incident moved beyond verbal and physical abuse. The boys are accused of using a cell phone to take a picture of the victim, forwarding it to others, and shouting, "Put it on the Internet!"

It was after a middle school gym class last Tuesday, sheriff reports say, that a sixth-grade special needs student had his pants pulled down, shirt pulled up and was photographed by four school bullies.

"When they told me something happened in the locked room, boys were bullying him, I just cut him off, said I'll be right there," said Melissa Jones, the victim's mother.

Jones said Monday the incident has left her son traumatized. The boy, who was on suicide watch after a bullying incident last year, tried to return to school, but couldn't make it through the day.

Two of his classmates are now charged with battery and disorderly conduct for the incident, and the school district sent their teacher, Wayne Wheeler, home on paid leave. The allegation is that Wheeler wasn't watching the students as he should have been.

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