A Canadian mother of a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy are furious and upset after seeing a viral video of their son getting bullied into lying in a creek so a girl could walk on him.
Terri McEachern, mom of Brett Corbett, said she was “heartbroken and angry” that students at Glace Bay High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, idly watched as her son was made into a human stepping bridge, according to The Chronicle Herald.
What’s more, McEachern believes the girl seen on video stepping on Brett told him to be still so she could stay dry, the newspaper reported.
“I watched the video and I know the girl said to Brett ‘Lay back down. ... I don’t want to get wet,” she said, according to The Chronicle Herald.
A video of the Nov. 6 incident was posted on Facebook by a user named Brandon Jolie, who said his son is friends with Brett.
“Parents; you failed this generation,” Jolie wrote in the caption of the video. “The amount of teenagers that stood around and watched this happen, even took videos of it. I hope you watch this video, recognize your kid and feel the shame.
“To the little girl that stepped on him; you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself,” he added.
Michelle MacLeod, a communications officer with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, wrote in a statement that an investigation into the video is underway, according to The Cape Breton Post.
“This is unacceptable and very disappointing behaviour. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and is not one that the School and the Centre for Education is proud of,” she said.
At least one parent of a child accused of bullying Brett has spoken out and said he was “devastated” by the video, according to CTV News. The father said he “cried (his) eyes out” because of the “cowardly” actions of his son, the outlet reported.
Brett’s mom also revealed that although she was first told by a school official that Brett put himself in the creek as a “dare,” she later found out that he was threatened.
“He was told if he didn’t get in, he would be thrown in, pushed in, and there was a lot of mocking and comments were made, so he felt he had no choice” she told CBC. “That kids could just stand there and video and not want to help. There is no compassion in that.”
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