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Teen Punished for Stopping Bullies From Harassing a Special Needs Girl


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Shaheen
- 681 days ago - takepart.com
Bullying incident raises the question: Why are schools slow to respond to harassment complaints?



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Elaya Raja (39)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 3:08 am
Thank you :-) Noted
 

Teresa W. (658)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 5:32 am
outrageous
 

Bob P. (425)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 6:36 am
thanks
 

Anne W. (9)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:29 am
Shocking. I can't understand the way the authorities have behaved towards this girl. It is totally unjust.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:38 am
silence is acceptance
we are change
Life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Bea Platt (1)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:48 am
How horrible that you can no longer speak up for those who can't help themselves!! It is shocking & I think they owe both girls an apology.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:24 pm
Terrible. Thanks Shaheen.
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:00 pm
what goes around comes around,, karma!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:08 pm
Some store ought to step up to the plate...give Stormy shopping cards, movie tickets, whatever (good publicity for them) and to show the rest of the town that good deeds should NOT be punished but rewarded. In our materialistic society sometimes rewards in terms of monetary goods brings a heads up.
Like the bus moniter who was rewarded $. Most people are ethical, but sometimes you have to reach the one that are out for number one only.,..and show them there is a better way to live-thinking of others.
Dont think of your own IRA, your own Lexus...think of those who don't have a car, home, job....and vote Democratic
 

janet f. (29)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:26 pm
Where do they dig these people up? Are these really the kind of people that should be running a school system? I don't think they're qualifies to run a shift in McDonalds (my apologies to those who do work in McDonalds).
 

John D. (45)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:30 pm
I do volunteer work for adults with developmental disabilities and can undrestand why a special needs child did not or could not report her harrassment to school authorities. This young women did and then took action when nothing was done...
 

Janet G. (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:34 pm
I agree that the way this situation was handled is outrageous! Shame on the bus driver and the school!
 

Sheila D. (24)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:36 pm
Let's hope the controversy now surrounding this incident will inspire the school to clean up their act. I won't hold my breath...
 

Ellen Kent (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:43 pm
Comment signed & delivered. Stormy stood up for the other student when school officials didn't. Something's wrong with this picture wouldn't you say?
 

David Menard (43)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:00 pm
American society is moribund.
 

faith v. (13)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:06 pm
Please could somebody who knows how set up a petition site for us to tell this school board, in polite language, how we feel about their disgusting behaviour first in ignoring the situation and then for PUNISHING the socially competent, truly Christian girl? I would gladly sign, am just not savvy enough to get the ball rolling.

We have petitions for all kinds of things, this seems to me a very worthwhile cause, not only for the school board but also to let Stormy know she did a great job, the bullied child we are on her side, AND her bullies how we feel about them, like I hope they don't walk into a mirror on a dark night - they may not like what they see.
 

Janet B. (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:17 pm
Are people going around spraying stupid juice on people? This is insane! A girl tries to help someday that is being bullied and she gets reprimanded??? What the heck?? She should be given an award for being brave and having compassion which the bus driver obviously does not have. And the school should be ashamed! Remember that what goes around comes around. Congratulations to this awesome girl for standing up for what is right. WTG!
 

Janet B. (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:19 pm
correction...meant to say ( someone)*
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:32 pm
That school district isn't good enough for either the bullied girl or her defender - both girls should be sent to a real school at district expense. Dummycrats just make this sort of rot worse; vote against the Socialist Democrat scum at every opportunity. Third parties are getting more and more interesting!
 

Kevin Lewis (1)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:48 pm
Talking about a miscarriage of justice, the bus driver should be fired and the school official should be demoted.
 

monka blanke (74)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:47 pm
They punished the wrong one !
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:17 pm
That girl had more guts than the bus driver who was probably more concerned for his own safety before consideration of the bullied child who, technically, was in his care whilst she was on the bus.
Tom Edgar Australia
 

Lynda H. (96)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:47 pm
I felt there was too little information on this article, but found the video of the news report: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/18630844/teen-says-she-was-punished-for-trying-to-stop-bullying

Stormy seems to be an honest, bright and caring young lady - I don’t see any signs of acting or lying. It’s sad she’s been served a lesson in petty politics. The school wanted the label of “0 tolerance” without actually making an effort. Stormy’s report was an embarrassment: she apparently threatened the bullies with “if the school won’t do anything I will”. I’d put money on it that the real bullies were the snotty offspring of “influential” parents, who are generally bullies themselves. They will remove anyone who gets in the way of their little darling’s mission of world domination, and that includes anyone on the school’s board of directors or staff who doesn’t do what they want.

It was the last line of the report, stating that since Stormy “had been removed 2 weeks ago there hasn’t been any incidents” that was the most chilling. They will destroy a high-achieving, socially-responsible caring student to protect their corrupt butts. It happens too often.
 

Michael M. (5)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 6:10 pm
Flori-Duh... Again you and your backwards thinking gives us decent people a bad name.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 6:29 pm
That is just terrible !!!!
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:16 pm
Kids are acting like adults. Bullying is the new norm. Must be the stress. When are we going to deal with that?
 

Edith B. (142)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:13 pm
Sadly, more and more children are being bullied, and there are few like Stormy who see that it is wrong.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:40 pm
The girl stood up to defend the defenseless when no one else would.....most people would call that heroic......I call it heroic.
 

Tony C. (2)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:55 pm
A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Friday September 14, 2012, 12:48 am
how sad
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Friday September 14, 2012, 2:59 am
Shows family back ground having no moral values its sad state of affair discipline starts from home and education
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday September 14, 2012, 6:11 am
People, wake up we are talking about Florida where morons elect Repug majorities. And as has been shown over and over again Repugs just do not give a damn about you or your rights unless you are Rich or a Corporation. Repug Gov. Scott slashed Education funding to pay for the massive tax cut give away to Corporations. repugs across the country oppose Anti-Bullying Laws because they might protect people that do not vote Repug or that Repugs consider 'waste of money' burdens, you know like people with disabilities. And face it School boards are either elected, in FL that would indicate they are REpug/Tea Bagged or they are appointed by elected officals. And those in school administrations are required to follow rules that they write or that the District of State writes for them.
 

Lourdes Acevedo (0)
Friday September 14, 2012, 9:10 am
so sad :(
 

Helle H. (21)
Friday September 14, 2012, 8:42 pm
Thanks to the girl who did something for the poor girl being bullied. How sad to know how she was "rewarded" for what she did.
 

Shan D. (49)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 11:44 pm
Well, THIS will sure teach the kids the "right" way to behave... see somebody in distress and do NOTHING. What a stupid bunch of people they have running that school district.
 

Donna W. (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 4:02 pm
I hope that kind girl doesn't give up on helping people who are less fortunate than she is. I applaud her! It takes courage to stand up to your peers that way. I hope the disabled child realizes that she was being helped and feels better. Those kids who were tormenting her were terrible and should be condemned for their behavior. Letting this type of thing go on is just teaching them they can get away with it all their lives. The bus driver and the school authorities are also to be condemned for not protecting the child who was being bullied. No wonder so many people don't want their kids in the public school system!
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 9:52 pm
This is absolutely ridiculous, a young lady with a heart sees a student, "a special needs student" being bullied on a school bus for months. After complaints nothing was done, she took action into her own hands and tried to stop the bullies, the bullies became the heroes, the bus driver didn't give a damn, and the school administration took the easy way out (of cause they hang around the school sitting in their offices doing nothing, sipping coffee and do not want any problems). Ha, ha, lala land easy money, this is why our education system is failing our children. This is why our young people these days are totally out of line.

I have great admiration for this young lady, she was accused wrongly. To me she is the real hero and her parents should be very, very proud of her. I also hope the girl she tried to help is ok.
 
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