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Hope Holcomb, 10-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy, Appears Bullied By Neighbor Dad And Son (VIDEO)

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Holcomb, a 10-year-old from East Sparta, Ohio, who has cerebral palsy, was pleading for her neighbors to stop bullying her. Disturbing video first aired by Fox 8 shows next-door dad William Bailey and his 9-year-old son appearing to imitate the girl's lim

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Barb Knight (1691)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:32 pm
There are 2 videos; one of Hope's parents Tricia and Michael Knight who has the same last name as me, and a video of Hope being harassed-bullied-by her POS ADULT neighbor and his 9-yr-old son. Having Cerebral Palsy myself I can more than understand being bullied. Once, my Mom brought my poodle Nicky to school with us, Mom was volunteering. She taught my class. There was a bully in a wheelchair named Billy and he asked to hold Nicky in his lap. I said ok and my friend, Catherine, put Nicky in Billy's lap. Billy started petting Nicky and Nicky licked his hand but then Billy got the idea of taking him away from me. I said NO! Then he put both hands around Nicky's throat and started choking him! Well, no one on the playground was happy about seeing him choking my dog and they all started yelling at Billy to stop! Catherine ran into the little red school house-yes, I attended school in a little red school house!-and alerted my Mom that Billy was choking Nicky. She ran outside and stood over Billy and asked him what he thought he was doing to my dog. He played it cool, denied any wrong doings, while the evidence sat gasping for breath on his lap. Mom scowled down at Billy, the Bully, and scooped poor ol' Nicky up in her hand and placed him in my lap....It wasn't until I attended Wright State University that I met up with another bully, this one was female. Sheena was an aide for Joanne another girl in a wheelchair, and they hung out a lot together. I was wearing a purple WSU hoodie the day I ran into the pair. I didn't like them, they didn't like me, either. I said hello to them and headed for the elevator. Sheena grabbed my hood, stopping me from going forward. I yelled at her to let me go!! Joanne shook her head. ''Let Barb go, Sheena. NOW!'' Reluctantly, Sheena let go of my hood pouting to Joanne in a faux voice; ''you never let me have any fun!'' Hope's story and my stories may not be exactly alike, but I DO UNDERSTAND what it's like to have CP and be bullied

Vicky P (476)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:25 pm
some horrible people out there :/

Barbara K (62)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:53 pm
Thank you, Sweetie. It is stunning how cruel and ignorant people can be. To bully a sweet little girl like that is senseless and mean and ignorant and may befall them some day in some way.

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:08 pm
WOW every time i think that people cant get any worse something like this happens and proves me wrong my God what is wrong with those people child servises should be called on that father what the hell kind of man and father teases children then to get your own child to tease another child is just SICK and WRONG what kind of parent even tolerates bullying and teasing much less teaching them to do it im furious i always raised and taught my children all girls to stand up to bullies and stand up for other children Barb im so very sorry about your experiences with bullying i only WISH i was at WSU with you i would have done something VERY unladylike but ohhhh would it have made me feel better sometimes a bully needs a little of their own medicine! While i'll never know what it is to have CP i did use to babysit a young boy named Paul who had CP he was teased relentlessly just because he had leg braces it was so very sad other than the braces Paul was NO DIFFERENT than the others he was just easier to pick on to get back at the kids ( i was a kid myself at the time) i got Paul so many treats and snacks and such to eat in front of the other kids it sounds mean but remember i was a kid and its NOTHING compared to what they did to him thanks Barb for posting this noted

Bianca D (87)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:10 pm
Such an important issue! Thank goodness Hope has the support of her parents, as you did Barb.
Bullying is unacceptable, no matter how "mild", and must be stopped and prevented from reoccurring. Period.

By that, I don't mean punishment in the classic sense; I would hope that there are more creative ways of generating empathy. Children are particularly vulnerable and as the jewels of humanity must be protected from those who would abuse them.

And there are some tools that can help us all:
How to Change the Culture of Bullying
Three tools for happiness


Catherine Turley (192)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:31 pm
who does that guy think he's kidding. it's obvious his limp isn't real. i have a feeling people are making him regret his behavior.

Barb Knight (1691)
Friday October 5, 2012, 5:18 pm
Thnx for all of your comments and empathy. Catherine is right, this POS's limp isn't even real! And thnx Flo, for standing up for me. I wish I'd had you at WSU. I registered a report at the Omsbudman's office not that they did anything about it, but I DID make them AWARE of the situation. Thnx Bianca for the information! Good to know! And THNX EVERYONE who notes or comments! Blessings!

Alice C (1797)
Friday October 5, 2012, 5:26 pm
I cannot currently send a star to BarbCat because I have done so within the last week.
Thank you for this post Barb !

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday October 5, 2012, 5:39 pm
I am so sick of bullies I could just scream. I too, grew up being bullied for several different reasons. I wore glasses, my ears did not have very much cartilage so I was called 4 eyes dumbo and I also have epilepsy for which I also got teased. Barb my heart goes out to you and also to little Hope. That father needs to be sent to parenting classes for about 5 years.

Iveta c (38)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:30 pm
Sick people!!! And this guy who bullied poor girl should be shame of himself!!! He is teaching his son to be mean to other people? ??!!! Sick idiot! !! I feel very sorry for this poor girl :’( . He will be punished one for this! !

Sarah G (109)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:31 pm
This is infuriating and inexcusable, and I sincerely hope the adult male in question-- I would not call him a man- will be prosecuted.

Dustina I (64)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:31 pm
Discusting....simply discusting. Just once, I'd like to give the bullies a taste of their medicine........just once!

Iveta c (38)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:32 pm
I ment he will be punished one day for this! ! Thank you Barb

Dustina I (64)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:40 pm
What good is an "Anti-Bullying Law" if the Officers or the Law do not enforce it? The Law is only as strong as those that support it. Whatever the conflicts between the two families might be, there is no reason to take out your frustrations on a child, a 10yr. old and disabled at that. What a joke. Hope the Law backs the Holcomb family.

Kevin A (64)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:45 pm
Florence, as a retired law enforcement officer I can tell you that people can get much worse. And we have just such a bully trying to get into the White House.

Dustina I (64)
Friday October 5, 2012, 8:00 pm
I was assaulted last week trying to come to the aid of an elderly lady who had a guy barge into her apartment (in broad daylight) with two of us outside on our porches watching it. I was literally picked up and thrown about 8 feet onto the pavement (one month after having back surgery) on my back and rump. I suffered a cracked tailbone and the neurostimulator that they put in...quit working and I may have to go back and have another back surgery. The guy, a retired Marine and suppossedly a Preacher at that was then caught. The elderly lady took out warrents on him and I took out a warrent on him also. The Magistrate was going to take out papers on "Simple Assault" but after I brought to the Magistrates attention that this was an Elderly and Disability Facility (the lady being 78yrs. old) and myself being disabled and blind at that and that according to the Americans with Disabilities Act that anyone who assaults an elderly person, disabled person, blind person or a pregnant women that it automatically changes that so called "Simple Assault" into a Felony Assault. This family needs to contact and Americans with Disabilities people and see if they can be of help with them in the Legal pursuit. Also, I contacted the States Disability Dept. also to get further help with this also as this man does not need to be out there FREE barging into people's home and beating up disabled people because he is a wimp of a man.

Pat B (356)
Friday October 5, 2012, 8:16 pm
Barb, I'm so sorry to read about your experiences. Bless your heart. This story is just so heart-breaking, and that this little Angel is being bullied like that. No room for this parent to act like this, towards people with disabilities. Dustina is Spot-On about the ADA being contacted, and charges being issued towards this POS man. As one can see in the video, his son is doing the same thing as his dad.!!!!!! I hope that something comes out of this, please DO keep me posted on what happens for little Hope and her family. Dustina, I hope that you get to feeling better too, what a SHAME that things like this happen.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:07 pm
Thanks Barb and Carrie for letting me know. I'm sorry to hear you were bullied Barb and I hope the little girl with CP will get lots of support from better people than the father and son who live next door. I think there's something basically wrong with people who bully. At some level they must be miserable within themselves.

Michael Carney (217)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:14 pm
Just when I think some people can't sink any lower, you see something like this...God Bless Hope, and to her tormentors, sooner or later, karma will pay you back for what you've done here...

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:51 pm
Thanks Barb, I don't understand what people are teaching their children these days. Then we wonder why the world is in the state that it is! Terrible people - what precious time is wasted on these stupid feuds and so much wasted energy! Life is short! Be compassionate and you will be healthier and happier!

zora b (85)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:16 am
I cannot believe this is happening in the 21st century. Really horrible for this little girl. I hope this will stop. Dear Barb, a petition should be started to stop this kind of behavior anywhere.

Janet R (38)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 5:53 am
I am so sad to hear of this situation. There is just no reason to bully anyone. I hope this will stop. The son is learning bad behavior from the father. Shameful.

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:32 am
OOOOOOO, if ONLY I was there! That makes my blood boil!
Im sorry for your experience Barb and for Hopes and all the kids who get bullied every year. I was one of them. I had braces and glasses and was shy, so people were relentless. A friend of a friend decided she didnt like me anymore one day out of the blue and starting pushing me around while my friend just stood there. I dont know how it happened, but I turned around and punched her in the jaw. She never bothered me again. As a matter of fact no one did. I always stuck up for people, even when I was bullied, and thats how I met a best friend on the school bus. I also had bullies on top of my street, so I was always scared to go to the bus stop because they were both much bigger than I was. Very sad that people feel they have to be mean to othhrs to make them selves feel better. Just DONT do it in front of me, cuz I WILL open a can of whoop ass!
That father and son are DISGUSTING. Oh he has bruised ribs does he? AMAZING how him AND his son BOTH have bruised ribs and are walking the same exact way. Prosecutors will see right thru that and hopefully both will be put away for awhile. SHAME on the father for teaching his son that behavior!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 7:15 am
It makes me angry when people abuse others!!

Charles D (20)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 7:35 am
Wake up people, let them go to jail with the video as evidence. Especially the dad.

Dawn M (141)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:14 am
Outrageous! Creep and Creep jr.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 9:05 am
Dear Barb, so sorry to hear your stories and the story of the little Hope, I feel really sick with this kind of people hurting for nothing other people. I really hope this man go to jail for what he is doing. Send Blessings and prayers to you and to little Hope.

ilja c (48)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:22 pm
It shows mental, spiritual emptiness of creatures. Blessings, Barb,you have lot of friends among real

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:40 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 10:16 pm
Agree with all of the above comments,ty Barb.

P A (117)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:02 am
Green stars to Gina C and others - that physically fit (patently not mentally or morally fit) family next door really need a reality check. This case might give them one - wasn't their 'defence' that the father had an injury making him limp (no explanation on how this mysteriously affected his son at the same moment) - well they are going to have to do the 'limp' and dragging leg each and every second that they are upright or someone with a camera-phone is going to catch them not doing it and they will be prosecuted and sued six ways to Christmas! (You might have noticed, I rather like that idea!). They will also be exposed to the whole country as pathetic lying bullies!


Anita B (69)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 2:31 am

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:46 pm
I have an about sensitivity training for our youngest school age children AND their families! Here is fhe concept;

Safely, with educational support and with all legal concerns put to rest....spend a day as a blind person, have one (1) child assist the other than switch...spent one (1) day unable to leave your desk w/o assistance, have one (1) child assist, switch during day, spend one (1) day or one (1) hour or even one (1) minute as a hearing impaired person...the concept is rough but developed has the very real potential to alter society and our egregious lack of even the most common sense parental/adult behaviors that offspring most often emulate.

Karma will prevail...

Russell R (87)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 1:54 pm
Most bullies are cowards and need to attention of others. Like a spectators sport for Fools and without their peers behind them, they are nothing. The father and son, the father is the bully and would have smacked my son upside his head for doing that! If the World was lead by Justice and not Law, I would have had them shackled together, or, shackle a ten pound iron ball to their leg to find out what it feels like. For them to do it in front of the school bus with others looking on. I would have no mercy. I also blame the school bus driver for not doing anything. It had to be going on while the son was on the bus with the girl, since the father was there to meet his son. I wouldn't start a fight with him, but, would an ask he was! To make my point clear, since that is Harassment, the next day I would have open the door to kid and told him he can't get on and that he had two good legs and could walk to school! I may have lost my job for doing it, but, it would also bring more attention to this girls plight! The boy had to be taught a lesson. One that he wasn't going to learn from his fodder!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:12 pm
Now this is a situation where Social Services really should take the child away from the parent(s) - teaching one's child to be a bully has to qualify as being an unfit parent.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:14 pm
Bullys are nearly always also cowards. It is amazing how male bullys suddenly lose interest after an "accidental" elbowing in the crotch. The little girl was the perfect size for that "accident" to occur, too. It takes a real low life scumbag to bully a disabled or an elderly person. I hope those two get the punishment they so richly deserve.

Dee C (229)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:58 pm
Aww Barb..I am so sorry that happened to you..It shouldn't happen to anyone..
Bullies are just so pathetic..They are so ignorant and just big mouthed full of themselves...And yes.. underneath all of their name calling..bullying disrespectful garbage they spew out is truly nothing but a coward..

This is such a sad story..Unbelievable..and I also hope they are punished to the max of the law..


Gloria H (88)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:54 pm
would be very interesting if karma comes early to the dad in the form of becoming the laughing joke of the town. Think of the jerk who pepper sprayed the Occupy protesters. His act went world wide.That pos (was his name Knight?) will ALWAYS be remembered for being a dick.
Maybe the father's next "act" will be on tv blubbering an apology for being such a mean bastard. Crocodile tears and all.

Kim O (396)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:30 pm
GRRRRR. Bastards!!!!

Debbie Crowe (87)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:54 am
Barb, I am so sorry for what you and little Hope went through!! Bullies are worthless!!
My son was bullied. I told one kid he should be ashamed of himself. It must have worked, because he never bothered my son again!! I guess he thought 'I' was the bully.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:05 am
no excuse for this!!! cant comprehend the way some people behave!!!

Sara Williams (8)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:09 pm
This is so horrible. It always amazes me the cruelty people are capable of and the downright lack of caring or interest for others. I am so sorry you had to experience such pain, too, Barb. Just know that for every jerk like this, there are so many more who would raise up a storm in protest and be on your side and Hope's side!

Kelly Rogers (303)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:15 pm
Why aren't the police involved? Has it happened on school grounds?? If so teachers are mandatory reporters why haven't they???????????????

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:45 pm
Bullying in schools is becoming endemic- and there are teachers who prefer to ignore the situation until it escalates into big time thuggery and misery for the victim. I am so glad that bullying was quickly nipped in the bud when I was at school - many years ago. Our Headmistress would make anyone quake at the knees.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:46 am
Thank you BarbCat and Bianca. And thank you Barb for sharing your sad experience(s) and the plight of Holly too. There is so much in life that strengthens the spirit~bullying is an exception. I had minor bullying and was devastated in grade school. How sad it must be for a disabled child to be abused in that manner. Just crushing to say the least. That pitiful excuse for a dad is no role model for ANYONE. I feel sorry for his son. He's being created into another human beast.

So sorry for your experience Dustina. The trouble is still fresh in your mind and I hope you are relaying all to authorities. You've been injured and I hope your recovery is speedy.

. (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 10:52 am
Thanks barb. Some people are truly evil

Julia R (297)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 4:41 pm
Hope is a beautiful girl with a loving heart and pure soul- just like you, Barbcat. What William Bailey and his son are doing is a crime in my opinion and speaks very negatively about the father’s character, lacking empathy and respect for all humanity. It is very unfortunate that he has a son who is learning to be a bully from him and this video is very revealing as it shows that the father clearly is faking his limp with the sole intent of ridiculing this lovely child! This video also shows how unfit he is to be a father because of what he is teaching his son! It is tragic that he is so lacking in morality and that instead of choosing a life that benefits others' lives he has chosen instead a life of demeaning others and causing them pain. Hope’s life will transcend this man and his other victim, sadly his son. She will go on to achieve wonderful accomplishments with her life while they, being heartless and destructive in their mindset, will leave behind only a legacy of hurting others and when they stand before the judge of the most supreme court they will be held accountable for their meanness.

"If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go. When you stop believing in your heart you are but a sterile vessel wandering in the wilderness.”-Francis Hegmeyer

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”-Theodore Isaac Rubin


Ginger Geronimo (438)
Friday October 12, 2012, 11:52 am
I was bullied throughout most of school. I was fat. I wore glasses. I wasn't the type back then to know anything about fashion so I didn't wear the most "hip" clothes. My mother volunteered at the school & she did baby me to death, so I was considered a fat, momma's baby, nerd to the extreme. I was called names, shoved around, had gum put in my hair, had spit balls thrown at me, my stuff stolen, my locker broken into, publicly embarrassed name it! People would even wipe their nose off on me!

Past Member (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 12:25 pm
It seems that the no matter what is being done, especially in the school system, the bullying has gotten worse. I would think that it all begins with the parents . They are responsible for teaching the children right and wrong when they are young.

I am sorry for all who are bullied or have been hurt by bullies. It is something we always remember. I know also what this is like. Over the summer from my 8th year in school to the 9th year, I went from 5 ft 2 inches and 102 lbs to 5 ft 8 1/2 inches and still 102 lbs. Long legged and skinny and kids made fun of me for that, also was a country kid and was treated like dirt. It hurt me so bad that I nearly flunked out as I wouldn't go to school . If I hadn't had a wonderful home room teacher and wonderful parents I would have become a drop out. Karma is a bitch and I do feel what goes around comes around. Kudos to all, especially Barb for posting this story.

Veronica C (22)
Friday October 19, 2012, 9:13 pm
That neighbor is no "man" to treat a child this way. He is also a terrible father for doing this and teaching his kid that this is okay.

Tanya G (27)
Monday October 22, 2012, 11:29 am
How disgraceful, especially of that father to set a very bad e.g. to his son. He wasn't even man enough to apologize. If he really didn't mean any harm to her, I hope the truth comes out because bullying in itself is not a small thing, all the more to someone handicapped. I know what it's like to be bullied even as a very young girl - both by strangers (starting with street kids & even an egoistic model from the fashion industry) & classmates during high school. I pray the truth comes out so that if this man needs disciplining by the community, his son will learn what's really right & wrong. Thank you for sharing this story, Barb.
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