The Crescent Report

October 13, 2010

Parents of bullied and beaten Muslim teen meet with school officials

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 12:57 pm


It is a good thing that the media is paying attention to the issue of American youth and bullying. As we have seen bullying in schools playgrounds and cyber space  can have drastic effects on young people and in some cases can even be lethal. however, i thin the missing discussion on the discourse in bullying among American youth is – where does it come from? are kids born natural bullies? – I think not.  Perhaps we can learn a lot about bullying by looking at the behavior of the adults in our society. Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “You are the sum total of your experiences, children learn by example. ”

Parents of Muslim teen, who says he was beaten regularly, meet with school bigs to discuss transfer

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS /Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 4:00 AM

The parents of a Muslim youth who claims he was relentlessly bashed by four cruel classmates met with officials Tuesday to find the traumatized teen a new school.
The Staten Island mom and dad are set for a followup meeting today about a “safety transfer” for 16-year-old Kristian, said Natalie Ravitz, spokeswoman for the city Education Department.
Jonathan D’Agostino, an attorney for the boy’s family, said Mayor Bloomberg’s office contacted the parents this month “and expressed their sadness” about the attacks.
D’Agostino, who was planning a lawsuit, cited two incidents in which teachers failed to report bullying incidents when he was a student at Edward Markham Intermediate School.
In one case, a teacher dropped the ball after she couldn’t find security or an assistant principal, he said. In the second, the teacher gave a verbal rebuke rather than stern discipline, he said.
The terrified teen “receives psychological counseling, he has nightmares every night, and he’s become withdrawn,” the attorney said.
“According to the parents, he’s gone from a joyful, smiling, all-American child to one who’s withdrawn and quiet and sad.”
Special Commissioner Richard Condon will investigate complaints that teachers were aware of the abuse but failed to report it, Ravitz said.

The family emigrated from Trinidad, although their son was born in the U.S.

His assailants – all arrested Sunday – called him a terrorist as they punched and kicked him, the teen said.
At the school yesterday, a teacher and some students said the administration ignored the rampant bullying.
“This kind of thing happens all the time here,” the teacher said. “It’s swept under the rug.”
The teacher said she was rebuffed by the principal about bullying in the school.
Student Jorge Morell, 15, echoed the teacher’s tale. He recounted a lunchtime beating where a group knocked a helpless Kristian to the ground before kicking and beating him.
“They were like animals,” the eighth-grader recounted. “No one has your back here. It’s messed up. He never bothered anyone.”
Student James Elliott, 13, said knowledge of the beatings was widespread among the students.
“I’d see him trying to eat his lunch, and the kids would just start on him,” he said.
“Telling him he was a [gay slur] for having long hair, and calling him a terrorist.”

With Adam Lisberg

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1 Comment »

  1. i,m the father of this child who was beaten and bullied ,thank you for your comment contact me at my email if you want to follow up on how he is doing thank you

    Comment by shaffiate — November 6, 2010 @ 11:13 am

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