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Ohio Teen Speaks About Bullying

Jim Burroway

February 3rd, 2012

We reported last October about fourteen-year-old student Zach Huston’s vicious beating at Scioto-Union High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. The attack occurred two days after the attacker, Levi Sever, 15, posted anti-gay comments on Zach’s Facebook page. He also posted video of the attack itself on Facebook. Zach was left with a chipped tooth and possible concussion. The attacker was suspended from school for three days. After public outcry over the slap on the wrist, local prosecutors intervened. Sever was arrested, tried and sentenced to serve 90 days in a juvenile detention center.

Zach and his mother, Becky Collins, have appeared on a video released by the ACLU:

Zach and Becky describe years of unending discrimination and harassment that Zach experienced at school based on his perceived sexual orientation. As the years went on, the abuse only escalated. Becky’s pleas to school officials to protect her son were ignored.

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According to the release from the ACLU, they are working with the high school to implement anti-bullying policies to address problems like this in the future

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Regan DuCasse
February 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Well done. When children assault another is ACTIONABLE as a CRIMINAL offense. If an adult wouldn’t accept it from another adult, why do they not teach children the weight of their actions through serious accountability?

They’ll never learn right from wrong if their behavior isn’t checked early in this manner.
And the victimization continues when the victim has NO options and no one who’ll understand the depth of their pain and need.

I guess all those mass school shootings precipitated by bullying still hasn’t clued in the adults in charge the gravity of what happens when they keep their heads up their asses.

StraightGrandmother
February 4th, 2012 | LINK

That mom is right, and so is Reagen. We need to teach our children to call 911 themselves when they are assaulted. Take it out of the school administrators hands, and put it where it belongs, with law enforcement. Assault is assault.

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