Clearly, bullying is still an issue that plagues our schools today.
Recently, Alex Hernandez, a deaf student at Burke High School in Omaha, Neb., lost his backpack during the school’s lunch period.
At first, school officials were unable to find the bag. Security later reviewed surveillance videos and found two unidentified male students walking off with the bag. Hernandez said he did not know either of them.
The students had taken Hernandez’s backpack to the bathroom, where they dumped out the contents of the bag into a toilet. Some of the items Hernandez had inside the stolen backpack were his tablet, school supplies, homework, his debit card and even his cochlear implant, which he cannot hear without.
“Those students think it’s okay to bully a deaf student, but it’s not. It’s not okay to bully someone who is disabled, deaf or hard of hearing,” Hernandez told KMTV. “Or anyone for that matter.”
Hernandez said he was most upset that the boys ruined his English homework, because he wanted to receive a good grade on it and make his mom proud.
”I was very upset because I know I work really hard on my project and homework because I just want to make my mom to be happy and know that I did a good job on the homework,” he said.
Hernandez, who has been deaf since he was one-year-old, said he has been bullied for his disability for years. Due to this incident, he is now afraid to return to school.
Hernandez’s mother found out that neither of the students who stole his backpack, allegedly, knew he was deaf. She was also informed that one of the students had been suspended, while the other is still under investigation.
Hernandez now hopes to speak with the students and their parents, in hopes they will never do this to anyone again.
”I just want to talk to them; I don’t want to fight them. I want to talk it out. And talk to their parents about them so they can tell them they need to teach them the right thing to do,” Hernandez explained.
Since the incident occurred, Hernandez’s friends set up a GoFundMe page to help him replace the damaged items. They surpassed their $800-goal in three days, with the final amount raised totaling $830.
This story has gone viral in the past few days. Hopefully, this can create a conversation in schools across the country, so these terrible incidents occur much less in the future.