When a teenage boy saw a blind student being bullied, punched and humiliated, he stepped in to defend him. He did what we all know to be the right thing. But when he stood up to defend the blind child from a beating at the hands of a bully, he found himself being punished by the school they attended.
Recently, video made its way around the Internet showing the incident of the blind student getting punched in the face, when another teen stepped in and knocked the bully to the ground with one punch.
Watch the video below…
The school’s response was to suspend the heroic kid and kick him off the football team.
The The Daily Mail notes the following:
A California teenager who rushed to help a blind classmate being beaten up by a bully has been kicked off the football team.
The high school junior was hailed as a hero for intervening after he saw the ‘visually impaired’ student being repeatedly hit round the head during lunch break at Huntington Beach High School, California on Wednesday.
Students told KCAL9 the visually impaired student was attacked for no reason.
Grant Morels said: ‘I saw like a half circle around a group of kids and I wanted to see what was up. And I see this kid like getting wailed on by another kid.’
No arrest is expected for the intervening teen who has been praised by his peers and online for standing up for his classmate.
But his school took a different approach and are believed to have kicked the have-a-go-hero off the football team after he breached their ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on violence.
A petition has was started that called for the heroic student to be reinstated to the football team, which now has close to 90,000 supporters. It notes the following:
Cody stepped in when he saw his friend and fellow classmate who is visually diabled being physically bullied. (Punched multiple times in face/head) Cody comes and steps in, punches the bully one time to get him away, guides his friend to a safe location and talks to the bully about how he was beating up a blind kid and how it was wrong. There is Youtube video of the main part of the confrontation.
We believe Cody should be back in school where he belongs. While violence is never the best option what Cody did to defend his friend and classmate was justified. And schools “zero-tolerance” policies out even the person saving disabled friends.
After tens of thousands of signatures, the school eventually agreed to reverse the decision to avoid bad press. But this was far from an isolated incident. Stories like this happen every day, all across the United States, where students are punished – even suspended – for standing up for those who are being bullied.
Last week, a report out of Yellow Springs, Ohio, told of a similar incident at McKinney High School, where a 10th grade student was suspended for three days for pushing a bully who was harassing a middle school student.
The bully himself was not suspended, or even told to apologize to the kid he was bullying. The heroic teen who came to the junior high school student’s aid was told by the school’s principal, Tim Krier, that he should take “anger management” classes. In an effort to humiliate the heroic child’s entire family, the principal suggested that they all participate in “community service.” All this for standing up to a bully who was picking on a younger child.
This is the world we live in, but as we see with Cody’s story, when we stand up to the bullies who work as school administrators, they often back down too, just like their playground counterparts.
(Article by M. David and S. Wooten)