How can kids be so cruel and adults so uncaring?
Many children will experience bullying at school; according to the Do Something anti-bullying campaign, 3.2 million American children are bullied each year, and the incidents typically occur a few times every month. They will often skip school in order to avoid their bullies, but that can just lead to their own grades slipping or them feeling so depressed that they may begin to self-harm.
So much attention is placed on the after-effects of bullying when bullied children or adults will lash out at others or commit suicide. But there has to be a way to stop bullying at the source before people go to such lengths.
That unfortunately wasn’t the case for one young girl who suffered a huge injustice at the hands of her classmates and her school. Her parents are speaking out about the girl’s school allowing such violence to go on, worried about what will come of the indifference they’re showing their bullied students.
A Scary Scene
It was a normal day in Crosby Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky on April 14. The school regularly experiences violent episodes, so it seemed like there was nothing different about a twelve-year-old female student who was violently beaten up in the bathroom by a group of female students who filmed the heinous encounter.
They were angered because the girl sat in a seat of one of the students, but they knew that they were likely to get away with the attack.
Scared for Her Life
The girl suffered a separated shoulder and head injuries, yet she never told her parents about the horrible thing that happened to her. The girl’s mother Hollie King said, “She was fearful for her life because her assailant had made a comment saying if you go and tell anybody I will do worse to you.”
That’s a typical tactic for bullies to use against their victims, and it worked on this poor child.
Crosby Middle School has had over 400 suspensions since February, so it seems like they’re used to violence and delinquency. But once they discovered the video the girls had made of the brutal beating, it took them nearly a week to tell the King family about it.
Hollie finally had reason to take her daughter to the hospital, and she stated, “When I took her to the emergency room, they told me she’s lucky she didn’t have internal brain bleeding.”