Teen Punished for Stopping Bullies From Harassing a Special Needs Girl
(WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) A Umatilla High School senior told FOX 35 she was punished for standing up to students on a school bus who were bullying a mentally challenged teen.
“Just because she doesn’t understand doesn’t mean that should be happening to her,” senior Stormy Rich said.
According to the 18-year old, she witnessed the girl getting bullied on the bus for months and complained to school officials for weeks.
“They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn’t sit on certain spots on the bus,” Rich said.
“They were giving her food that they put in their mouth. I actually had to tell her to spit it out because she didn’t understand.”
But, Rich claims, the school did nothing.
“When the school didn’t do anything, I told the girls if the school didn’t do anything, I was going to do something,” she said.
According to Rich, that’s what got her in trouble with Lake County Public and now she is no longer able allowed on that middle-school bus, which she was allowed to ride as a high school senior due to her out of the ordinary school schedule.
A Lake County Schools spokesperson told FOX 35 Friday they removed Rich from the bus because she displayed bullying behavior and two wrongs don’t make a right.
The spokesperson also said mentally challenged girl never complained about bullying.
“What kid that’s being bullied goes and tells somebody?” Rich argued. “They want to have friends.”
Rich said she was following school policy by reporting the bullying and should not face any repercussions even though she took matters into her own hands.
“I never want this to happen to anybody, I mean I know we can’t save the whole world, but, at least we could try to help the people who go to Umatilla,” she said.