• Spitting and name-calling motivates bullying victim

    Date: 11.03.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Chatari Jones is a student in a Seminole County public school in Florida.  The 12-year-old has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects communication, posture and other motor skills.  You wouldn’t know Chatari is disabled by looking at her until she walks and speaks.

    In September, 2010, Chatari was subjected to bullying at school. She was poked with pencils, called names and someone spit in her hair.  Some of the bullying ocurred on the school bus. When she told her parents, her father stormed the bus and confronted the bullies.  He was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a school function.  Mr. Jones made a public apology and asked that no one follow his example in dealing with bullies.

    Chatari and her parents

    Chatari has turned the incident into an opportunity to defend other disabled children.  At a press conference held at their church, Chatari said “Thank you so much for bullying me because it taught me a lesson about disabled kids. We are disabled for a reason.” Her father said “We are trying to turn around what happened on that bus. My daughter can now stand up for others.”

    Chatari has developed the spirit and courage to speak publicly about the taunts children suffer at school.  She and her family have been holding news conferences to shed light on bullying in society.

    Although October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month, bullying and cyberbullying are a global, 24/7, year-round plague.  All of us can help in the fight against it.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Wed, 03 Nov 2010 at 06:23

      Disabled student was the victim of bullying and now is speaking out against it! http://fb.me/MWhMiRLy