Schoolyard Scars

"Due to the head injury that he had from the school, that's causing him to have the seizures and stuff like that."

Read more on what this mother had to say about her son being bullied.

Bullying is nothing new for society, but recently many students have taken things into their own hands.
Dealing with the pressure the only way they know how

This or this, it’s how far some teens have been pushed after being bullied.

16 year old Malik Thomas' mother says he was bullied because of his sexual orientation.
His mother was only left behind with a note from her young son

“He said I hope you get well, but he said maybe I am better off dead, he said maybe you will be happy, because life just isn't for me," says the teens mother Christina Thomas.

One family's experience with bullying was so bad they ended up here at southeast alabama medical center.

"My son got hit in the head with a brick," says Betty Hall, mother of a Northview High School student.

Betty hall says it happened at Northview High School.
According to hospital workers the blow to his head was so hard; 17 year old Thomas Colby suffered continuous seizures and spent three nights in a hospital room.

"They said that um, due to the head injury that he had from the school, that's causing him to have the seizures and stuff like that," says Hall.

The trauma was so severe our cameras were not allowed in his hospital room, for fear he may have more seizures.

"If they wore glasses they would call them four eyes," says Hall.

But instead of the occasional name calling things got more serious escalating to physical abuse,

According to the halls the school did not help them resolve the matter, so we went with Colby’s step father to Northview high see how the school was going to handle his son's case.

"I need to see the principal, Thomas Colby being hit in the head with a brick,” says Colby’s stepfather.

After being told the principal was not there I was told to leave the campus and turn off my camera.
Mr. Hall was also escorted off campus.

Hall says that type of treatment from school administrators makes the emotional scars of the incident linger.

“If I lose my child, because some kid doesn't know how to control his problem, I be damned if I’m gon sit here and watch him die," says Hall.

It's a similar pain Jennifer Carey is experiencing with her son in Slocomb.

"I literally cry," says Carey, mother of a son who has been bullied at Slocomb Middle.

She says he's been bullied since they moved to the Geneva county town more than seven years ago.

"This year already he's been thrown against a wall, and his book bag being thrown into mud puddles, and ruined everything in his bag," says Carey.

14 year old Keith Carey says most of the bullying is vulgar and inappropriate.

"I was sitting in the gym, I had two kids come up to me and it was sexual harassment, they were rubbing their stuff all up in my face, and saying they were gonna do stuff to me," says Keith Carey, a 14 year old dealing with bullying.

Carey says, if that type of behavior from other student continues, her biggest fear is that her son may end up in an even worse situation.

"Either being homicidal or suicidal," says Jennifer Carey.

It's a place these mothers want their children to avoid.


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