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ADVOCACY: Teacher joins as class bullies 13 yr old boy
2 years ago

This thread is for the advocacy of the 13 year-old boy who was bullied by classmates and the class teacher in Gig Harbor, Washington.

2 years ago


  • victim: 13 year-old boy
  • where: Gig Harbor's Kopachuk Middle School (Gig Harbor, Washington, USA)
  • when: February 2012, around 9 am
  • aggressors: teacher, John Rosi and boy's fellow classmates (about a dozen)
  • incident took place for about 15 minutes long
  • Caught on film by fellow students
  • boy became suicidal according to his parents
  • fellow eighth-graders swung him from his arms and legs, wrote on his feet, stuck a traffic cone on his head, gagged him with his own sock and taunted him, put a pillow over his face, locked him under chair(s), teacher threatened to sit on him saying "I feel gassy", etc.
  • Randall Kinney, the boy's father
  • Karla Kinney, the boy's mother
  • "Rosi, a 14-year-veteran of the school was suspended for 10 days without pay, given training and then eventually moved to another school."
  • "According to the Tacoma News Tribune his base salary as of 2010 was $64,174, with approximately $10,000 more for coaching duties."
  • acting Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto
  • Cuzetto said the teacher displayed 'inappropriate classroom management,' but the district decided against firing the teacher because of his 'body of work' over an 18-year teaching career in the district."
2 years ago
  • Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the complaint and seeking records of the school district’s investigation, said detective Lynelle Anderson, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
  • The boy is now attending a private school. He is now 14 yrs old.
  • The teacher wrote a letter of apology to the school district saying he viewed the incident was "child's horseplay".

This post was modified from its original form on 31 Aug, 12:46
2 years ago

Peninsula School District


address: 14015 62nd Avenue NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98332

phone: (253) 530-1000

Board Meetings:

September 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm. See: 

October 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm. See:

Chuck Cuzzetto
Acting Superintendent
Peninsula School District

Contact the Superintendent webpage:

Contact the School District webpage:

Contact Us

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-4:45 PM


Peninsula School District

14015 62nd Ave. NWGig Harbor, WA 98332

Phone:(253) 530-1000

Fax:(253) 530-1010

This post was modified from its original form on 31 Aug, 13:03
2 years ago

Kopachuck Middle School

Contact Us webpage:

Kopachuck Middle School
10414 - 56th Street NW,
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Office Hours:
7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Main Office:

Staff List webpage:

2 years ago
Did Peninsula School Officials Respond Correctly to the Bullied Student?
  • By Akiko Oda / Gig Harbor Patch
  • August 29, 2012
  • TELL US: Do you think the Peninsula School District responded the right way?

    If not, how should the district have dealt with the teacher and the involved students?


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