A shocking instance of bullying in Plano, Texas is going viral amid calls for a hate crime investigation and after a disturbing video was released.
Summer Smith, the mother of Haggard Middle School student SeMarion Humphrey, is reporting that SeMarion was targeted during a sleepover after multiple instances of bullying at his school.
Summer says the sleepover was cruelly and purposely orchestrated so her child would be used for the “entertainment” of his classmates. The mom alleged that a classmate befriended her son a month before the sleepover to get him to go. Once the boy, 13, was there, he was tormented all night.
According to Summer, during the sleepover, her son’s classmates forced him to drink urine, hit him in his sleep, shot him with BB guns, and called him racial slurs. Summer said all of this happened after her son was bullied at school for months and school administrators did nothing to stop it.
“Imagine being a happy kid who loves making people smile and having a good time… Imagine your classmates and football team members turning on you and targeting you,” she wrote on Facebook. “Imagine a group of those same football team members attacking you in the locker-room with a belt… Imagine being hit in the private area and when you tell an adult you are told ‘boys will be boys.’”
“Imagine being forced to drink the urine of not only a boy who thought was your friend, but his friends…Imagine the video of you drinking the urine being sent to multiple people in your school…Imagine the school telling you they can’t do a thing about it because ‘the incidents didn’t all take place on campus,’” the Facebook post continues. “My son doesn’t have to imagine these things, they are all his reality.”
You can view the disturbing post that shows SeMarion being forced to drink from a cup with yellow liquid in it HERE.
CBS Dallas is reporting that Plano Independent School District has not yet responded to questions about why action wasn’t taken earlier.
In an updated statement Friday evening, the district said, in part:
“Due to legal restrictions regarding the confidentiality of student information, Plano ISD is unable to release specific student information, but it can confirm appropriate measures were promptly taken to protect the victim and to investigate the allegations. Plano ISD does not condone bullying, harassment, and/or threats against any student. It is the District’s hope and expectation that all parties work collaboratively to create a climate of mutual respect even in the midst of disagreement.”
Local police have confirmed that they’re investigating and a Change.Org petition was launched calling for administrators to uphold their “zero tolerance for bullying” policy.
Family attorney Kim Cole has confirmed that she believes what happened to SeMarion was “a racially motivated hate crime.”
“SeMarion was bullied at school for over a year. So much so that he had to quit playing football, which he loved,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.
The attorney also launched a GoFundMe to pay for SeMarion’s therapy and expenses for a possible transfer to a private school.
This is all so, so, sad.
What do YOU think should happen next in this shocking case??? If the school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, doesn’t that mean several expulsions should be coming soon???