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Why One High School Senior Was Punished For Standing Up To Bullies

Why One High School Senior Was Punished For Standing Up To Bullies

On the heels of the recent bullied bus monitor story comes yet another story involving bullies on the bus. One Florida high school student, Stormy Rich, who witnessed a group of middle school girls harassing a special needs student on a daily basis made numerous attempts to report the incidents to the bus driver as well as school officials.

But when nothing was done about the ongoing bullying Rich decided to take matters in her own hands. Rich says to the Daily Commercial, “I would sit on the bus every single day and see the bullying was still going on and nothing was being done. It was aggravating.” She then demanded the girls to stop harassing the special needs student, but instead of ceasing the girls began bullying Rich too.

When Rich was convinced she would receive no support from school officials, she stuck up for both herself and the mentally-challenged girl threatening the girls that if the bullying didn’t stop she would have to take matters into her own hands. Well, instead of putting an end to the bullying Rich’s mother received a letter that her daughter could no longer ride the bus because since she was older (in high school) than the group of middle school girls her threat to stick up for herself was considered bullying.

Rich’s mother, Brenda Rich, is angered by the way her honor student daughter was punished for standing up to bullies. She states, “My daughter was punished incorrectly. Stormy was standing up for a child with emotionally challenged disabilities that should not have been bullied. The district's policy clearly states that anybody in good faith files a report on bullying will not face any repercussions and she is."

What do you think of the story of the girl who was punished for attempting to stand up to bullies?

Have you or your children had experiences with bullies at school? What steps were taken to put an end to the bullying?


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  • Alyssarae92293 By Alyssarae92293

    What kind of backward twisted school is this?! Obviously those bullies on the bus should have been punished. Im disgusted that they were bullying a special needs child. Stormy had every right to put those middle schooler in their place! Im glad a story like this made it on be the news. It is not right people be treated this way! I especially hate special needs !bullying

  • MissELF By MissELF

    That is ridiculous! She shouldn't be the one at fault. The school should have done something about it as soon as they were informed of the bullying. You would think especially when it comes to someone who can't defend themselves like the mentally challenged. That is just sad. I hope my children's schools never do something like this. I would be enraged as well!

  • carlystur By carlystur

    This is crazy! Rich was in the right here and yet the school turned a blind eye to this poor special needs child! What has this world come to when we punish people who stand up to bullies! If I had a child who went to a school like that, I would be shocked and enraged about this, too!

  • connie0908 By connie0908

    WOW! It's like telling the kids go ahead a bully some one who can't stand up for their selves but as soon as you stand up for your self or another person you get punished. What about those kids who were doing the bullying?? Did they get kicked off the bus..?

  • floflolinda By floflolinda

    I just cannot believe the school did not do anything after Rich reported the bullying. I think that Society is so freaking sensitive about this subject. Teachers don't want to punish little kids for bullying because of how sensitive everyone is. How hard is it to contact the parents of the kids and notify them of their children's behavior, and of course obviously punish the kids. While I don't really like suspension because it lets the kids stay at home, I would say In school suspension, community service, or Saturday school. If the the school officials didn't even try to fix the problem, I think Rich was ok in what she did. I don't agree with her having to get kicked off the bus.

  • jenndta69 By jenndta69

    I'm actually not surprised. These schools have a turn a blind eye mentality anyway. It's because they do nothing that bullying happens in the first place. I applaud this girl for what she did.

  • mickeythescorpion By mickeythescorpion

    this girl did a good thing, so many times people sit back and watch bullying happen, and they dont do anything. i think that the school should have punished the middle school girls for what was going on, and dont school busses have cameras now? maybe the school should really look into what was going on?? bullying is a serious problem in schools today, and the school officials and teachers can only do so much. its sad to say but a lot of times the parents of bullies are just as bad as the bullies themselves, and thats the real issue.

  • lolabrio By lolabrio

    this school is nuts. It's crazy how the school isn't doing anything about it. Stormy puts a good example for other kids to stand up for themselves and others who are being bullied. But if she is being punished for standing up for the girl then other students will not stand up either because they will think they're gonna get punished too!

  • newuser083 By newuser083

    I think the school is totally whack and that the school does not know how to handle a situation reponsibly and maturely. I think the girl who stood up for the mentally challenged girl as well as herself should be given recognition and should be an example for every child. I think the other girls who were bullying the mentally challenged girl should be expelled and not allowed to attend not just in that school, but also not allowed to attend inside any school for a 4 month or more duration as well as apologize to the two girls and their family members and the whole school in front of the school/whole class and understand their fault and that what they did can effect someone their entire life in many ways.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella

    No wonder shcools continue to have bullying problems. You see these school principals on TV saying they have no bullying, or that they take bullying seriously and will quickly nip it in the bud. I don't believe most of them. I think many cases like this exist. Schools just let it happen and turn a blind eye to it. Good for this young woman for standing up for this mentally challenged student who was being bullied, even at her own risk. Bad for the school who took away this young woman's bus riding privileges while doing nothing to punish the perpetrators.

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