With the end of another school year, everyone’s glad to have a break: students, teachers, parents, administrators. But some kids are glad to have made it through another year alive, and are already dreading the start of another school year filled with bullying next fall.
Most students who get bullied receive little or no help from the school. I taught middle school for 6 years, and I saw it — a lot. I had zero tolerance for it in my classroom, but bullies are sneaky. They do their worst in the hallways, in the lunchroom, at recess. And when students ask for help from the school, they usually get very little support — or sympathy — from most school officials. A young man in West Islip, New York, has had enough of being bullied and has taken his case to teh Internets, creating a video titled “Through My Eyes.” From ABC News:
Patrick Kohlmann, 13, said the violence got so bad, he was afraid to go to Udall Road Middle School.
“I’d be picked on, pushed and kicked,” Kohlmann told “Good Morning America.” “They said they wanted to kill me.”
“I felt upset so I told my parents and the administrators at the school,” Kohlmann said.
Despite the boy’s pleas, administrators at the school did little to stop the attacks, Patrick and his mother, Beth Kohlmann, said.
“I’ve complained to [the school] numerous times and it’s usually, ‘Well, we’ll look into that,'” Beth said at a recent news conference. “That’s not an appropriate answer to have.”
Frustrated with what he felt was inaction by the school’s administrators, Patrick created a seven-minute video montage of photos and music, urging other teens to stop violent behavior. After he posted it on YouTube, it gained attention, attracting more than 15,000 viewers.
Patrick Kohlmann was scared. For more than a year at Udall Road Middle School in West Islip, the soft-spoken 13-year-old had been taunted and shoved, chased through the halls and slammed into lockers.
Then one day last month, Patrick says, one of his regular tormentors said, “I’m going to kill you tomorrow.”
The next morning, Patrick’s mother says, she warned the school’s vice principal about the threat. That afternoon, Patrick says, the bully struck him on the head with a rock.
He suffered a concussion.
West Islip school district spokeswoman Nancy Lenz said yesterday the video will be shown to the faculty in the fall.