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  • Bullied Teen Lands In Hospital After Being Beaten, School Presses Charges – Against Bullied Teen

    Called "gay" and "faggot" for years, 14-year old Eric Martin was bullied so severely that one day, he fought back. Several of his classmates beat him into unconsciousness and he spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. Now, the school is pressing charges – against Eric. He is facing two charges of assault despite suffering a traumatic brain injury, multiple contusions, and a broken arm, while his assailants were largely unharmed. If convicted, he could face jail time and fines.

    Guest author Tammy Motola, Eric's family advocate, explains what's happening, and it will frighten you.

     

    Almost six weeks after his brutal beating, while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Eric Martin walked into a Virginia courtroom last week to face two assault charges. Verbally abused, harassed and bullied since the first grade in an obviously failing school system, this kid is the poster child for "brave." Eric has decided to fight these charges, and fight them is exactly what our team is prepared to do. The judge has set a trial date for November 21.

    Since the attack, Eric is still under a doctor’s care and is making progress. However, the long term effects of the injuries to his head and brain remain unclear. He and his family are taking things one day at a time, and are very grateful for all the cards and letters they have received from all over the world. These have indeed been a great source of inspiration and validation for Eric.

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    Eric is now attending a different high school, after his family having to pressure the school system despite the attack. All he really wants is to be able to go to school.

    Is it too much to ask that a school provide a safe and hostile-free environment for him? For any child? Is it too much to ask a school system to implement the very anti-bullying policies that have been put into place to protect him and keep him safe from poorly behaved, undisciplined and self-righteous students? Is it right for school administrations across this country to continue to turn a blind eye to what now has become a national epidemic, simply because it’s easier just to brush it under the rug?

    Bullying kills our youth, and it almost killed 14-year-old Eric Martin. He is just one of thousands that are subjected to anti-gay slurs, constant scrutiny and physical abuse daily in this country.

    This must stop.

    As an anti-bullying advocate, I am driven and inspired by the hate at times. Nothing surprises me anymore. Nor am I intimidated by the chosen, sometimes elected leaders who walk around with blinders, suffering from selective hearing when it comes to their role and lack of accountability in what has now become the great bullying debate. It’s not getting better, despite what the numbers say.

    The ugly truth of it all is that kids are just not speaking up anymore. After all, given the current tolerance for such otherwise intolerable behavior, why should they? When they do, too often nothing happens to the perpetrators, and they are only ostracized even more. I’m truly confused as to a school’s definition of zero tolerance. I’m over their anti-bullying policies. What’s the point in any policy if it’s not mandated and enforced? I know, with absolute certainty, that every kid deserves to walk into a school and receive an education without prejudice or persecution. For Eric Martin that day is long overdue.

     

    There is a GoFundMe account for Eric to assist with his legal costs.

    Eric's family has started a campaign, Letters for Eric, to show the bullied teen support. The address is:
    Letters for Eric, P.O.Box 993, Sandston, Va. 23150

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    • commented 2014-11-15 14:31:18 -0500
      This sends a clear message to the bullies that it’s ok . These bullies whom will more than likely will become rapist, murderers, thieves are given their biggest boost to a sociopathic lifestyle.

      One of my former high school bully has been arrested over 10 times since graduating high school for robbery, assault, theft ,and attempted rape.
      I think has the principal and teachers had the balls and interviened,they could have assisted him on a better path lessening the carnage he’s now created .

    • commented 2014-11-15 14:09:56 -0500
      Thank you Arthur Yagudayev. I’m not backing down, not going away, not shutting up! I am a voice for thousands who are subjected and have to endure being treated like this daily in school systems that ignore it. I am sorry you were also a victim. I will remember your story on this journey to get federal anti-bullying laws passed, mandated and enforced throughout this country!!!

    • commented 2014-11-15 13:40:52 -0500
      I am so disgusted that the school has the nerve to charge Eric with assault. I don’t give a damn that he threw the first punch, for all I know I bet they tried to hit them and Eric is the one who defended himself. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and I was also severely bullied, but never to the point Eric was bullied. One time I was pushed down the stairs in my public school by a bully and the school administrators did nothing to punish the bully at all even after he attacked me in front of two teachers! And by the way 10 years later my back still has problems form that event in 2004! One time another bully attacked me in front of a teacher and I kicked the bully and got him in he groin and the teacher grabbed me by the collar shoved me against a wall and started yelling at me. I got mad and cursed the teacher out for not standing up for me and I called the teacher a racist and other words I felt he deserved. I think the bullies in Eric’s case and also the school’s administrators should be accountable. The bullies should get assault and bullying charges brought upon them and the school administrators should have abuse and neglect chargers brought upon them. Thank you Tammy for standing up for people who need it. I wish Eric, you and his family nothing but the best!

    • commented 2014-11-10 00:23:05 -0500
      This brought me to tears! Hold in there Eric! Never stop fighting! You’re a brave young man. This new century is in a giant shift and you are getting caught up in the muck of it. Its not fair and Its not your fault. Thank you for standing up for yourself! Don’t let this deter you from taking a stand in the future. You are worth it! Dont let anyone tell you differently. They are all lost.

    • commented 2014-10-30 13:44:26 -0400
      Jace, I am sorry you believe I was attacking you and assuming anything. How would I know anything about you? Just like you couldn’t possibly know all Eric Martin has been through. My job is to fight for him, protect him and help him get through this. I apologize if you feel my comments in response to yours hurt you or offended you. That was not my intention. I never assume anything but you did in reference to the details of Eric’s case. and my abilities to tell a truthful story. I hope and pray that your life is far better now and life is good for you. You deserve that. No child should ever have to endure what you shared and I again am sorry you were subjected to abuse. I was the victim of severe bullying as well and I do what I do because of it. My advocacy is my passion. I spend countless hours daily fighting and navigating through the red tape and political BS that prevents the many kids I work with from being a priority and protected. Again I’m sorry that the dialogue between us deteriorated.

    • commented 2014-10-30 13:14:07 -0400
      Tammy, there is a lot I want to say in response to quite a bit of that, but I have other things to do besides sit here and hash things out with you. So I am going to make this response short and sweet instead.

      How dare you presume to know that I have trouble understanding bullying! Seriously, who do you think you are to assume to know my past? I won’t spill everything here for you and your readers, but I will say the following regarding my childhood and experiences with bullying:

      I was raised by abusive, alcoholic parents who also battled addiction. We were a welfare family without much food and tattered clothing. I was molested as a child (not by my parents) and battled internal demons with whether or not that made me gay, and I wore metal leg braces on my legs up until I was a teenager and couldn’t walk without them. I faced these adversities while also being the smallest person not only in my class/grade but also the smallest kid for a full few grades beneath me. To say that I was an “easy target” would be a gross understatement! To pretend that other kids didn’t fully take aim at this easy target and take advantage of him would also be a woefully incorrect assumption. Again, how dare you assume to know my background or exposures!

      Just because I choose to look at things from a logical view seeking to see the full picture rather than go through life emotionally charged and reactive does not somehow mean that I am unable to understand or empathize the plights of others such as Eric.

    • commented 2014-10-30 01:18:28 -0400
      Jace, Eric had the shit beaten out of him because he told someone to shut up and leave him alone. He told them to shut up because they continued to call him faggot, gay boy and even suggested out loud how he must enjoy sex….and this lead to a confrontation in which three students thought it was okay to brutally beat him. When it was all said and done, Eric was charged with assault. I could careless what you would like to imply in reference to my writing or even what you think.. I wrote the article because I want to bring awareness to a problem that effects many of our youth today. Eric Martin is just one case out of hundreds that I am an advocate for. I know Eric Martin and I know his family. I have taken the time to research, investigate and interview many involved with this case. I didn’t just decide to write a story with half truths.. I care about what happens to him and others who are subjected to extreme bullying that many, like yourself, find it so difficult to understand.while scratching your head assuming there must be something more..What’s missing here is why would a school, who has anti-bullying policies, who was visited by the parents of Eric Martin to discuss prior bullying issues, who has the highest assault/crime rate in all of Henrico County Public Schools just turn a blind eye?
      The story is my take and my perception based on the facts presented to me. In my opinion the charges against Eric Martin are “unjust.” That’s my opinion, not a request for you to “agree” or “disagree.”.
      .Giving out further details could absolutely jeopardize the outcome of this case so believe what you will. It’s not about what a handful of people will think in a negative light but rather the thousands that have reached out to support Eric and shared their stories of hate crimes, bullying and how they survived. It’s really about. Justice for Eric, I respect your opinion, I don’t have to like it. I’m always going to have haters…they inspire me. Thanks!

    • commented 2014-10-29 23:49:55 -0400
      Tammy, you are still doing an excellent job of tip toeing around the facts and issues. Be that as it may, based on your response I am also left to conclude that your reading comprehension skills may be as woefully lacking as your writing and journalism talents. So with that being said, let me reiterate a few things I said that your response seems to demonstrated that you glossed over or missed.

      1. I never said that Eric was guilty of anything. In fact, I made mention of the very fact that even if he was accused of a crime that doesn’t make him guilty. We’ll get back to that point in a minute too.

      2. I never said that he must have done something. What I stated was that you aren’t brought up on charges for being a victim. Therefore he must have been ACCUSED of having done something. Your piece is written as those his accused crime was being beaten. Perhaps that is all he is guilty of (I don’t know, and I doubt you do either — but I digress as it isn’t really the point anyway.) in this case, but that is certainly not what he stands accused of having done.

      3. I’m aware that things happen all of the time that don’t make any judicial sense. In fact, I also stated that was very much a possibility, but that the story (written as penned by you) leaves one scratching his head wondering about what pieces of the puzzle are missing.

      Now with those points cleared up, allow me to address a few other points from your reply.

      1. You are correct in stating that Eric is innocent until proven guilty. What you failed to mention is that his THREE (not sure why the number is important or needs capitalization) “perpetrators” are also innocent until proven guilty. You can’t cite a legal precedent for the presumption of innocence for one of these youths without recognizing that it applies to the rest of the group as well. I’m afraid you don’t get to prejudge who is guilty and who is innocent.

      2. When you say that the charges are unjust that doesn’t make them unjust. They may well be, but you didn’t tell anything in your original article that makes that factual.

      3. When you say that you cannot get into the logistics of its entirety what you really mean is that you WON’T not can’t. If you’re going to write about the case you bare the burden of having journalistic integrity to share with your readers all facts.

      4. Nobody is seeking to justify what was done to Eric. In fact another one of my points that you seem to missed was where I stated that neither Eric nor any child deserves what happened to him. But really justification of those actions isn’t the point I wanted to touch on here. What I wanted to pull from your rather long sentence was the notion that before “fighting back” (which it still hasn’t been explained what exactly “fighting back” entailed) he had already done everything he had been taught to do (ask for help, advise parents/adults, walk away, etc.) is another example of incredibly important information that never found its way into your article. Never once did you inform the reader that Eric had attempted to stop the alleged (there’s that word again, because we simply can’t go convicting people without proof) bullying through any other means. You simply stated that "after being severely bullied, one day he decided to fight back. Absent from that statement was how he had chosen to handle the situation (provided there was a situation) prior to this eventful day.

      5. I’m well aware of the legal definition of assault. And one person is more than capable of assaulting THREE people. THREE people are also legally able to defend themselves from one. That point is really moot.

      Now with all of that being said I will reiterate that what happened to Eric is sickening and breaks my heart. In fact, even if Eric wasn’t merely defending himself and he was the instigator and perpetrator of violence, I still find what happened to him as being indefensible. It is incredibly sad. And while Eric’s story may tug at my heart strings, that does not change the fact that all of the legal rights that you point out that Eric is entitled to also apply to the other kids in this story. I also stand by my original assertion that my problem with this article wasn’t necessarily Eric’s conduct but was with your explanation of the alleged event/s. I have now read it through four times, and in all cases I arrive at the conclusion that the piece is light on facts and evidence and high on bias and agenda.

      That is all. Thank you.

    • commented 2014-10-29 22:47:17 -0400
      Hi Jace Barnett, Thank you for your comment. I guess I have a few points I’d like to make to try and put to rest the idea that Eric Martin must have “done something” because he was charged with assault. Eric Martin IS innocent until proven guilty. I did not write a partial story but in fact I wrote a piece on what has now become a common tactic for schools in Henrico County, Virginia. These charges were unjust and because Eric Martin is a minor and because this case in now pending with the juvenile courts, I cannot get into the logistics of its entirety. What I can tell you is students whether LGTB, black, white, rich or poor are being subjected to extreme bullying daily and administrators are choosing to ignore it. The term “Zero Tolerance” is a joke and so are the anti-bullying policies that schools, and this school, Highland Springs High, in particular, are completely disregarding. I will say that when a person has been subjected to what Eric Martin had been subjected to, when he did everything he was taught to do i.e. go tell, reach out for help, tell your parents, tell a friend, be a bigger person, walk away and still the extreme bullying and physical abuse continued…enough is enough! Clearly for him to be beaten unconscious, tossed around like a rag doll and sustain the injuries that he did, nothing or nobody can excuse or justify the actions of THREE other perpetrators. .I invite you to research the definition of “assault” as defined by the law. As an advocate for over 20 years I will also say that I see stuff daily that does not make any judicial sense. It’s the reality of the world we live in.

    • commented 2014-10-29 14:51:35 -0400
      There’s an awful lot missing in this story. You don’t face charges for being assaulted.

      I am not at all saying that this kid (or any kid for that matter) deserved to be beaten, but I’m saying that the story told in this article seems to be missing an awful lot. The fact is that in order for Eric Martin to be facing charges, he must be suspected of something more than being the alleged victim of assault. While it is true that we sometimes blame the victims in our society, it isn’t very often that we handcuff a victim of rape, burglary, assault, or any other crime.

      I also want the record to show that I am not blaming Eric Martin, nor do I believe that if he is accused of a crime that means he is guilty of committing it either. This post isn’t about pointing a finger at Eric, it’s about asking the author why she chose to share a partial story. As told, it simply doesn’t make any judicial sense. If this were a civil suit and not a criminal one it would read like, "Boy gets beaten, perpetrators sue for damaged knuckles.’

      While I suppose that’s possible it does make a person wonder what pieces of the puzzle are missing.

    • commented 2014-10-27 10:08:54 -0400
      Martin Jones, thank you for sharing! Live your life with no regrets as you survived and by telling your story you can now help others in their fight! You are amazing and I would welcome you in joining me to help get these anti-bullying policies across the country mandated, enforced then audited once a year! Administrations do need to be held accountable for their lack of care and concern for students that trust the policies in place are put there to protect them. Truth…Sovereign Immunity is really the only policy that is executed! I am so sorry your had to endure all that you did and hope that you can see looking back how every perpetrator that hurt you helped you in some strange way become the awesome person that you are today!

    • commented 2014-10-26 22:48:47 -0400
      The people that run this school is a disgusting piece of crap. Wow this world is such crap! Those kids that did that crap their ass beat! And bad!!

    • commented 2014-10-25 14:34:00 -0400
      I got bullied in highschool, people calling me names and messing with me. One day I had enough, grabbed one of the bullies by the shirt, and put a pencil to his neck. I told him if he ever messed with me again I’d kill him. Never got bullied again.

    • commented 2014-10-24 23:21:17 -0400
      You can sue the school for breach of duty of care. I used to arrange pro bono legal representation for LGBT kids forced out of their schools, and the settlements were never less then 6 figures on condition that the students never spoke to the media afterwards. The vast majority were religious schools.

    • commented 2014-10-24 21:48:48 -0400
      I’m not at all shocked by this. I’ve said many times that facing discrimination from classmates was only part of the reason school was a traumatic experience for me.

      Not comprehending, at the time, that the teachers and other adults at the grade schools I attended were just as bigoted and biased as the kids, had me constantly seeking help where there was no sympathy at all for what I was going through.

      Just one example: Lester Patterson. He was the teacher that told me when I was around 12 or 13 (because I cried when the other kids called me names and did other things that kids shouldn’t be allowed to do to each other, like standing on the toilet in the stall next to the one I was using so they could look OVER the wall and watch me) "Well, maybe you are a ‘crybaby’. Maybe you have to accept it.”

      I was hit, cursed at, spit on, called “fag” and "bitch” grabbed by the crotch and bottom, and all by other boys, almost everyday, while the teachers just said…

      “Well, what did YOU do?”
      “I have 30 (or 40) something other students and I can’t be catering to YOU!”

      Mostly, I was blamed. When they told my mother “He just wants attention…” (while I was sitting there listening to this, I thought to myself "How can these fools think I “want attention” when I’m forever saying ‘Leave me alone!’) I actually had the presence of mind to say, in that moment, through my tears, “I’m getting attention from them doing this to me!”

      When transferring from that particular school, one of the things I was told was that I had been absent from school 142 days out of that particular year! Just being glad to get away from there, I never stopped to say “See. I’m so desperate for your attention that I do all that I can to stay away from here!”

      To this day, I regret that I didn’t follow through with the thought I had when I turned 18, that I should go back to every single one of those schools, particularly while most of the same staff where still there, to tell them that they had no right to treat me or any other child with disregard or malice

      Better still, I should have filed a complaint with the Board of Education! Demanding that teachers be held accountable for discriminatory attitudes by loosing their jobs!

    • commented 2014-10-24 21:36:36 -0400
      Similar thing happened to my 4th grade son: bullied, ostracized, beaten by students and staff, and neither the school or district staff would do a damn thing! DHR even took my son away, accusing me of the abuse. This is crap! RAY THOMPSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, in and of the GADSDEN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, is one of the lowest rated/ranking schools in ALABAMA. I came here for a trial visit, and have had nothing but problems from that school and the board of education. I have pictures, emails, and notes, as proof of their refusal to acknowledge or act upon the brutality my son has faced in the short time we’ve been here. Now, he is caught in the court system until further notice. “Sovereign immunity” is total BS, and I (as a former elementary teacher myself) would not like this kind of publicity, and would rather do what is right instead of what is politically correct or accepted. But I also value each individual child and a positive learning environment, so would not, in any way, shape, or form, defend a colleague that turns a blind eye to this situation. Accountability among faculty and staff is almost nonexistent, and it’s usually the parents and/or student victim that take the blame. I am seriously considering homeschooling as an option.

    • commented 2014-10-24 13:12:56 -0400
      As an advocate, I need to make it crystal clear in that I understand SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY, which is what protects all schools. Administrators as well as elected school board officials only want to protect their own asses when violence erupts because they have failed in the implementation & execution process of the very policies they wrote themselves. Having policies and enforcing them are two different things. So, when a principal of a school such as this one, HIGHLAND SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL, continues to have a school be number one for crime, number one for violence & and even recently (last week) have a member of it’s staff arrested for alleged sexual involvement with a minor attending the very school they are to be teaching in, I would be very inclined to believe whatever “the principal” is doing is NOT WORKING! How about some accountability from the administration for a change? Numbers don’t lie, so while you admitted you have not done your homework so to speak on this story SUBMANDAVE, I invite you to do some on the school. I would also like for you to know that this was not a single incident involving this student and in fact the parents had gone to this school one week prior to school even starting as they had concerns and fears for their son. I also will agree with your feeling of having a “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy in schools as it is NEVER that way when it comes down to it. It’s a joke, a waste of verbiage in any student/parent handbook! There are always three sides to every story and for me I try to seek all aspects, all truths and facts before embracing any family that may need my help. I did my homework and will continue to STAND UP for Eric Martin and his family. This kid is a victim and the school system has failed him, his parents and many others over the years. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    • commented 2014-10-24 12:16:46 -0400
      First, I violently abhor zero-tolerance policies. They have nothing to do with protecting students from a danger and everything with protecting administrators and teachers from the potential danger of having to make a judgement call. If the job of a Principal is just to apply various zero tolerance policies then I say replace them with minimum wage check-list bean counters.

      Second, while this incident is undoubtedly a tragedy for the boy and his family and certainly sounds like an injustice I have learned through experience to never instinctively trust ANY news put out by an issue advocacy site. To be clear and fair, I have not looked into this specific event or the hosts of this site, but I have read far too many articles presenting terrible outrage only to find that when I do my own research and actually read the source material it is not exactly as those wishing to generate outrage (and in may cases donations) have presented it. Again, I have not dug into this specific case or this organizations, but the model and forum in which it is presented makes me suspect the reporting may be greatly influenced by their opinion.

    • commented 2014-10-24 11:51:24 -0400
      You know the schools are all the same in the end, it’s a fight to get any action, seems this zero tolerance is making it zero tolerance for the victim, and not the bullies, it’s in the news time and time again, it’s all a bunch of BS. I saw it over and over in my 17 years in the school system, they come down on the victim not the bullies. It’s wrong and rotton and these schools need to be taught a very valuable lesson. I think the boy should sue the pants off the school system for negligence, not protecting him on their property, and personal lawsuits against the bullies too! Kick their butt in court. This school system is shameful, a disgrace, it’ll take alot of parental complaining and advocate work for them to become a better school and frankly most of the advocates and parents are just sick of it. So what to do? Take your kids out of that school, let them fall on their butt with 0 enrollment, 0 state aid, and 0 intelligence as to why!

    • commented 2014-10-24 11:03:49 -0400
      Brian Colby, people like you make my blood boil. That is the typical response of a homophobic sociopath. This poor, brave kid is a thousand times the person you are and I hope he sues the hell out of that school and wins.

    • commented 2014-10-24 08:50:28 -0400
      Brian Colby, you are so far off on this one your response is almost entertaining. Let me educate you on a few points here since you talk like you know so much. First and foremost, this kid went for help in this school system for years, you get that? His parents," mommy and daddy," as you put it went to the schools for years, were very active and tried to be proactive with the bullying issues. Obviously you either live in the area or someone has planted the bullshit seed in your tiny brain, which is okay as I realized that the moment I started to read your very ignorant post! Eric did not just get his “ass beat,” but rather he was beaten unconsciously by not one perpetrator but three! You like that don’t you? You are no better than the scum that assaulted him, taunted him and verbally abused him for years. You have it backwards and you talk a lot of crap. Judgement day will come for those who did this to Eric. His story is based on the truth, not lies and it’s all, every piece, documented throughout his school years. Get your head out of your ass. It’s clear you have never been the victim of bullying or you have never had a child become a victim. You are part of the problem in this world, quick to judge, telling lies and spreading hate!

    • commented 2014-10-24 08:06:42 -0400
      Of course they are. My experience in junior high was tainted by bullies and a similar school leadership; I was physically bullied and verbally abused on a near-daily basis. Kids punched me as they walked past, tripped me, called me all sorts of names, told me I should kill myself because everyone would be happier, et cetera. If I retaliated in any way – even shoving away someone attacking me – somehow I then spent a day or so in ISS and none of the perpetrators were even spoken to. This led to me not telling anyone for years about the three kids who had nearly attempted to murder me at school, thinking that I would somehow be blamed. I’m not surprised the school reacted like that for him.

    • commented 2014-10-24 08:03:26 -0400
      Did the school press charges against the other people involved in the fight as well? If they did I don’t see the issue as if the policy is no fighting in school then there should be no fighting in school regardless of if you are the aggressor or the victim.

      I mean its a good piece for the feels crowd but being in the facts crowd I don’t have enough info to feel sorry for this kid.

    • commented 2014-10-24 07:16:50 -0400
      While i do feel for this young man, it’s hard to form an opinion without having all the facts surrounding the event. Why are charges being filed against this one student and not the others? Was he the one who initiated the fiasco? Obviously, the other children took the physical aspect way too far, even if they were attacked first, but it shouldnt have been allowed to get to that point in the first place. The article doesnt say whether this kid spoke up about the previous verbal abuse (which was wrong as well) or whether it finally erupted into a physical altercation, but there’s obviously alot of things wrong in this equation. It’s just unfortunate that things got to the point where a child had to be hospitalized. But, half-assed “reporting” doesnt really help the cause. In any case, it’s still a messed up situation, and i hope the kid heals up physically and mentally. Also, if the abuse was reported to the school before all this went down, someone needs to be held accountable for that. If they knew and did nothing about it, they failed this kid and probably many others – all of whom should be protected and afforded the right to learn without fear of getting their asses handed to them from bullies, or a non-chalant school system.

    • commented 2014-10-24 02:42:01 -0400
      Brian…..shut up you are extremely stupid. Eric I support you and your cause and your family I hope everything goes well and many many people will be behind you supporting you! N

    • commented 2014-10-24 02:13:16 -0400
      Brian, you are entirely and spectacularly wrong. I’m sure you feel your logic is irrefutable, but it’s not. The chain of command doesn’t always work…and the parents can’t always help or change schools on a dime either. Im betting you’re a conservative and anti-gay. Am I right? Even if you aren’t, you’re still very misguided. Insults and bullying talk can rise to the level of emotional abuse. And while it would be better if words alone would work, sometimes it becomes more than someone can take.

      Shame on you for making the victim into the villain.

    • commented 2014-10-24 00:22:45 -0400
      Good for the school. Sounds like Eric is the bully and now is trying to make excuses on why he got his ass kicked. It took him getting his ass kicked for his mommy and daddy to do something. You put blame on every one else but the person it belongs to and that is Eric. You can not say it went on for this long and Eric tried going through the chain of command with no one doing anything about it. If it was really that bad why did mommy and daddy let him say in that school? THE REAL TRUTH IS ERIC IS THE BULLY and the bully got his ass kicked and only now is he saying he was the victim. I call B.S. and hope the judge see though you lies and you get the book thrown at you. YOU ARE the reason it is hard for REAL VICTIMS to come forward and be heard.

    • commented 2014-10-24 00:03:25 -0400
      This is sickening, a school should be obligated legally to protect it’s students from harm, not to protect those that do such harm to their classmates. I understand that he might be in trouble if he initiated the fight, but it still didn’t give the kids a right to do such damage to him. The kids who did this to him should be facing attempted murder charges; I wont be making guesses as to what might have happened as I haven’t done enough research on this subject.

      Though, I will however say: This is a prime example why we need these anti-bullying laws in all states. The states that do not have these laws do not require staff to protect the students attending the school. In my state as far as my knowledge goes we have anti-bullying laws that protect children from racially charged attacks both physically and verbally. Anti-LGBT charged attacks of either type are not however covered by the anti-bullying laws.

      I cannot donate money, but can share this story and spread it so more people know about this young man.

    • commented 2014-10-23 20:10:05 -0400
      The journalist who wrote this report did not give any information, explaining why he faces charges and not the assailants? Did he start the fight, or were he attacked and fight back in self defense? I understand he is bullied and that what is happening is another form of bullying by the school and judicial system. Will you please explain why the assault charges were filed against him and not the other way around? Please write objective reports. We, the readers, can make our own deductions.

    • commented 2014-10-23 16:59:43 -0400
      It’s always the victim who is forced to change school, leaving the bullies to reign supreme. I think the school administrations are frightened of the bullies too.

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