|This 15 year old kid was bullied by a substitute|
teacher in an Illinois classroom. The kid was smart
enough to film it on his phone. We're hoping authorities
go after the teacher big time.
Over the weekend, news was spreading about a bullying case in Illinois. It's exploding in the news as I write this early Monday morning.
This wasn't standard issue bullying, the kind we are simultaneously frustrated by and weary of. It wasn't student on student.
It was teacher on student, says the Daily Herald, a newspaper in suburban Chicago. It was a substitute teacher, and what was this guy thinking?
The bullied student was smart enough to film the incident on his phone, so we have proof. Bullies are often victimized a second time when they are not believed by adult figures when they report the bullying.
This is all on film. The kid's parents uploaded it onto YouTube for the world to see.
In the Streamwood High School classroom in Illinois, a student bully drew a crude drawing on a computerized board of the kid, and labeled it "Stephen," but mispelled it.
The annoyed victim said it was spelled wrong.
The scummy substitute teacher, who hasn't been publicly named yet, wrote on the board "Stephen's ugly ass."
Stephen says he's been picked on by students for a long time, because he's a big dude. He tries to shrug that off.
But a teacher going after him is a new low. "He should not be allowed around children if he's going to do that to someone," Stephen told the Daily Herald.
The school said it is investigating and has suspended the substitute teacher. The evidence seems pretty obvious, so I don't know what there is to investigate. But I understand schools have to go by the rules, and the process takes time.
I also hope the substitute teacher is criminally prosecuted, too. This is child abuse. I can't wait for the teacher's explanation as to why he did this.
On the bright side, I do see there is a big wave of support for Steven. The Daily Herald's comment/Facebook page with the article is filled with messages supporting the kid.
That the kid is being so graceful and so resourceful over this incident tells me he's going to be a very successful adult.
That's a LOT more than I can say for the dufus substitute teacher.
Here's the horrible video Stephen took in the classroom: