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

   By drodriguez  Jul 11, 2012

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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NBgirl by NBgirl | NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
Jul 23, 2012

I think what she did was right!!! She stood up for herself and for the other student who couldnt really defend themself. Im not sure why but its as if the school tries to avoid any bulling cause they dont want to deal with the bullies parents!? Thats how I see it...... All I can say is that the school is stupid and dumb! why didnt the school contact the bullies parents to find out why they are the way they are??? There is always a reason. If every parent out there actually spent some time with their children and told them "I love you", then maybe the bullies wouldnt be such bullies? Just saying?!? I do think it was dumb also since she stood up for the student, they did something, BUT, to the wrong student. Talk about dumb!

Mecrn11 by Mecrn11 | YORKTOWN HTS, NY
Jul 20, 2012

I am so very proud of Stormy Rich, that she stood up for herself and another special needs person! Also the fact that "the Daily Chronicle" picked up the story for all to read about how the school turned a blind eye to the bullies. Yet, punished a Whistle Blower! In the business world there's a law to protect "Whistle Blowers". Who's protecting the victims who speak up?? If I lived in that school district, I would rally the powers that be to investigate this miscarriage of punishment. To prevent it from happening again!

fairy73 by fairy73 | Spring Hill, FL
Jul 18, 2012

my daughter was bullied and beaten on the bus by some one a year younger than her and during the altercation my daughter put her hands over head to protect her self, she was punished and served 5 days of ISS ( in school suspension) when asked why, I was told because once you raise your hands up it is considered " fighting back" and all she did was protect her head, the girl in question was charged and sent to juvenile detention and 30 days later came back to school and was put in the some of the same classes with my daughter and threatened her again and the school nor the school board would do anything.

angelfish045 by angelfish045 | bloomingdale, NY
Jul 15, 2012

good for stormy if more people had the courage to stand up to bullies then this world would be a better place. by not punishing the other true bullies they are sending a message that bullying is ok

MadHatter by MadHatter | Whitestone , NY
Jul 15, 2012

If it was my child who was bullied or stuck up to the bullies and had constantly went to school officials who turned a blind eye. I would have wrote a letter of complaint to the school board, copied all the letters I have sent to the school officials and have a law suit against the school for child endangerment/neglect. If MY child was put in the care of a SUPPOSED SAFE environment where teaching and safety is a MUST and they aren't doing their jobs correctly, then I will NOT stand this unjust behavior. I will NOT wait until my own child is suffering and contemplating suicide to step up. Parents needs to take a stand for the lack of actions from schools and banning the real students who are responsible. This sickens me to see.

sunshine133 by sunshine133 | Wahpeton, ND
Jul 15, 2012

Wow, if it were my child being banned from the bus for this reason, I would be at that school raising heck with them. I would not let it rest till they straighted it all out. I just would not sit by and let this happen, like they did.

Kabris by Kabris | CHICAGO, IL
Jul 14, 2012

I think she did the right thing by stomping out bullying the moment she saw it happened. the kids doing the bullying should be punished the school should make them attend saturday school for the entire school year, and detention everyday. the schools need to stop turning a blind eye to the bullying because it's happening and it's gonna keep happening if nothing is done about it.

cocoabella by cocoabella | EL PASO, TX
Jul 14, 2012

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.

newuser083 by newuser083 | Grand Prairie, TX
Jul 13, 2012

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.

lolabrio by lolabrio | COOPER CITY, FL
Jul 13, 2012

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!

mickeythescorpion by mickeythescorpion | FOLCROFT, PA
Jul 13, 2012

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.

jenndta69 by jenndta69 | SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Jul 12, 2012

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.

floflolinda by floflolinda | GOSHEN, IN
Jul 12, 2012

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.

connie0908 by connie0908 | ROUND LK BCH, IL
Jul 11, 2012

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..?

carlystur by carlystur | ATLANTA, GA
Jul 11, 2012

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!