8 Most Shocking Bullying Stories
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1The mother who sent her bullied kid to school with gun
After six other students surrounded him at school, calling him names and threatening to beat him up, Young pulled the stun gun from his backpack. He raised it in the air, setting off an electric charge, and sending the group scurrying, Young said.
Unlike a Taser, which fires barbs attached to long wires at a target, a stun gun has to be near or pressed against a person to shock them. "I got kicked out of school for me bringing the weapon to school, but I honestly don't think that that was fair," Young said. "I didn't use it on nobody. ... All I did was raise it up in the air and went back to my class."
The school principal said that the staff had been trying to get him to "tone down" his flamboyant dressing style.
2The teenager who shot himself in high school in front of classmates while dressed as the Batman villain Two Face
Terrified teenagers then fled the halls, fearing a gunman was on the loose. According to a Facebook memorial page created for the Stillwater Junior High student, bullying is a suspected motive for the boy's death.
3The bus monitor who was bullied by students and later received more than $700,000 on donations
The 68-year-old was tormented with profanity, insults and threats during a bus run. A 10-minute cellphone video taken by another student took on a life of its own on the internet and spawned an outpouring of $703,833 in donations for Klein from all over the world. The large novelty check was handed to her by 25-year-old Max Sidorov, a Toronto nutritionist with the help of the fundraising site Indiegogo.
Sidorov said that he was also bullied as a student and started the drive with the goal of raising $5,000 to send Klein on vacation. But he couldn't have expected the flood of financial support that came in, enough to send Klein on more than 140 vacations. An Indiegogo spokeswoman said that more than 30,000 people from 84 countries contributed to the fund.
Klein plans to put $75,000 toward the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation.
4The girl who hanged herself after being bullied for being pretty
It is understood that she may also have been upset about having her mobile phone confiscated by her family because they felt she was using it too much. She was rushed to Fairfield General Hospital where she died after almost a week on life support. Friends of the teenager, who attended Haslingden High School in nearby Rossendale, Lancashire, claimed she'd been bullied. Tributes to Jade left on Twitter and Facebook said she had been a victim of bullying. One pupil wrote, 'She was being bullied by numerous people.'
Chelsea Lazaruik added, 'R.I.P Jade Stringer you didn't deserve to die the way you did bullying is horrible you were gorgeous in everyway.. Sleep tight xxx.'
5The bullied teen who was saved by the kindness of the town after a cruel prank
Whitney was initially thrilled to learn that she had been elected to the homecoming court of her sophomore class. But her triumph turned to humiliation when she found out from other students that her nomination was nothing but a prank by the popular kids at the school - and she was told that the male student who was elected with her had withdrawn.
However, in an impressive show of support, her community rallied around her. Local businesses offered to pay for her homecoming dress and shoes, an appointment at a hair salon, and even a homecoming dance dinner. A Support Whitney Facebook page has received more than 100,000 likes after her heartbreaking tale of bullying resonated with hundreds of thousands around the country.
6The mother who was arrested for choking the boy who bullied her daughter
After the arrest, Piscitella's mug shot appeared across several news outlets coupled with headlines like "Mom arrested, accused of assault over Facebook comments." However, she made bail and this morning appeared on "Good Morning America" to express regret for her actions and share the rest of the story. The boy, a freshman named Jon, posted comments about McKenna on Facebook that were extremely cruel and sexual, according to ksdk.com. While the particulars haven't been made public, Piscitella described them to "GMA" as being too inappropriate to share on television. She said that when the taunting took place, McKenna was so upset that she wanted to hurt herself. Throughout the live interview, it was clear how much pain the young girl is still in as she appeared teary-eyed and almost too choked up to speak.
7The brothers who were bullied and beaten for having full-grown breasts and later received free surgery from a hospital
The plight of the siblings, which some have described as a hoax, was highlighted when their desperate father Felipe appealed for help from specialists via the island's news programme Zona5. His work as a food stall seller, and the absence of the boys' mother who left when they were little, meant he did not have enough money to pay for an operation. His emotional plea was picked up by medics at the Marcelino Velez Santana Hospital, whose boss Dr. Pedro Antonio Delgado agreed to pay for the operations.
After tests to see if Yeuri, his 11-year-old brother Gabriel and 12-year-old Daniu could undergo treatment, they each went under the knife for two hours.
8The gym teacher who joined students in bullying a 13 year-old boy
The students swung the boy by his arms and legs, wrote on his feet, stuck a traffic cone on his head, gagged him with a sock and taunted him. The boy's parents became aware of the bullying after their son refused to go to school and became withdrawn and suicidal.
The teacher, John Rosi, was suspended for 10 days without pay, given training, and moved to another school.
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