The mother of a 16-year-old disabled boy is speaking out against bullying after shocking footage of her son being kicked in the chest emerged online.
Isaiah Wooding is a student at Penns Hill High School, Pittsburgh, and suffers from cerebral palsy which affects his movement and muscle control.
According to the Daily Mail Isaiah was attacked by fellow students last friday, with the footage of him getting kicked in the chest being posted to social media.
Students can be heard in the film laughing at the floored teenager.
Now his mother has taken the opportunity to speak out against bullying.
Margaret Wooding told WPXI:
I cried when I saw that because it’s like “Wow”. How can kids be that cruel?
Bullying is not funny. I don’t want this to happen, not just to my child but to anyone.
Speak up, you don’t have to fit in and be like everybody else.
The incident is now being investigated by school authorities.
Superintendent Dr Nancy Hines said of the footage:
Anyone having played a role will be dealt with accordingly, including referrals to local law enforcement.
Assuming the video clips are authentic and have not been altered, our full staff and Board are absolutely disgusted and embarrassed by the lack of compassion displayed by students closest to the incident and those who created further upset by recording and posting those terrible images online.
That is NOT the Penn Hills Way, and we know the overwhelming majority of our students are embarrassed and disgusted as well.
The behaviour is nothing short of despicable.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.