A disturbing video posted on Youtube appears to depict a Jennings girl beating another little girl.
The video was uploaded last month. The clip shows one girl, claiming to be a fifth grader, chasing down another little girl. The girl takes the other child to the ground, then punches her repeatedly, kicks her in the stomach and calls her names.
Another young girl appears to be recording the video. She can be heard saying she does not want to post the video on YouTube, but the girl who allegedly carried out the beating threatens to attack her if she does not.
News 4 spoke to several parents in the Jennings School District, who expressed shock and outrage. So far, the district has done nothing to address the attack.
As part of our continuing series “Assignment America,” Steve Hartman takes a look at bullying in America, and speaks to a victim of bullying – and the bullier, who has had a change of heart.
Bullying has become epidemic in this country.
Two out of 10 schoolkids say they’ve been attacked physically. Three out of 10 say the bullying was more taunting or teasing.
Steve Hartman heard from not only from a bullying victim but from the boy who bullied him.
ATLANTA – Like the outside of the private school he attended, Zachary Jamison had an impressive facade. Always smiling in every picture he took even though, for most of junior high, what Jamison really felt was tortured by just about all the kids in his class at the America Heritage Academy outside Atlanta.
Jacob Cordero was one of them.
“Very sad because I had been part of the making fun of him and leaving him out,” Cordero said.
Fat. Gay. Or just different from the crowd. These are the reasons children are being bullied — sometimes to death — in America’s schools, with at least 14 students committing suicide in the past year alone.
Intensified by the inescapable reach of the Internet, bullying has spun out of control. It allegedly triggered the suicides of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and Massachusetts high school student Phoebe Prince, two stories that rocketed the bullying epidemic into the national spotlight. An epidemic that causes 160,000 children a day to stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
ABC News’ “20/20” anchor and Chief Law and Justice Correspondent Chris Cuomo spoke with some of the shattered families who are trying to figure out why more wasn’t done to save their children and asked experts how to stop this unsettling trend.
That was the focus of testimony Wednesday in York-Poquoson Circuit Court where a jury continued to listen to evidence in a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit that alleges four Grafton High employees failed to stop the bullying of student Christian Taylor, who committed suicide May 31, 2010.
Taylor’s mother, Alise Williams, filed the lawsuit in July 2010. The lawsuit names former Grafton High Principal Paul Hopkins, former Assistant Principal Craig Reed, current Assistant Principal Karen Fahringer and current Guidance Counselor Joseph Erfe as defendants.
Two students and friends of Taylor testified that on the day of his death, Taylor didn’t display any obvious signs of emotional distress and didn’t tell anyone that he was feeling suicidal.
Kendra Lowder testified that she and another friend found Taylor hanging in his bedroom closet with a dog leash around his neck. Taylor didn’t leave a note.
Lowder said Taylor became depressed after enduring bullying at school. Even after school administrators moved the group of alleged bullies to another table in the cafeteria, Lowder said the group would still walk by Taylor and make mean comments.