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Bullies Write Homophobic Slur on 7th Grader's Neck, Attack Him, East St. Louis Mom Says

Categories: Crime, Education

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via fox2now.com
Slur written on seventh grader's neck.
Caylend Childs, an East St. Louis seventh grader, says that he was resting his head on his desk when bullies wrote "fag" on the back of his neck -- in permanent marker.

"He didn't know what was on his neck," Ruth Childs, his mother tells KTVI, video below. "All the kids were laughing at him."

School officials confirm to the station that the incident occurred and say students responsible were disciplined.

But the mother says that the homophobic slur on his body was not the worst case of bullying her son has faced at Mason Clark Middle School.

The marker incident on Monday was the final straw in a day of name calling, Fox2 says.

But earlier this year, he faced a more serious physical attack, according to the mother.

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via fox2now.com

While the twelve-year-old was using the bathroom, another student allegedly ran in and kicked the bathroom stall in -- leaving the student "soaked with urine."

"I really just didn't want to think about it no more," Caylend says.

"My son has gone from being a...student that loves going to school," his mom says, "to he wakes up every morning saying, 'Mama, I just don't want to go anymore.'"

Here's the footage.

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amgsupermom7
amgsupermom7

I was reading this with my son who went to that school last year. He said they used to pick on this poor kid then too. My son was in 8th grade when he was in 6th and my son used to stand up for this young man and tell them to leave him alone. It's all how you raise your kids and I'm glad mine listen to me. His parents need to do like I do and file a police report and press charges, then maybe they'll get the message. So Sad! I'll be praying for this young man.

boogie
boogie

Hate to ask, but is the kid a fag?

hendodrummer
hendodrummer

Poor kid. I was bullied when I was younger and I hope he will take my approach; go take some jiu jitsu and break an arm next time. It's a martial art made for smaller people to fight bigger people and I think he could benefit immensely. Saying this from experience, telling on the kids usually does nothing but makes it worse. So make these little assholes carry your lunch tray for the rest of the school year!

Oscar
Oscar

"School officials confirm to the station that the incident occurred and say students responsible were disciplined." And what kind of punishment was given to the scumbags who did this? I'm sure it consisted of a stern talking to by the principle and nothing else. Why do school officials protect bullies and their cruelty? I honestly wish I had an answer for this question, but I do have a solution to this bullying problem. Bullies are horrible creatures devoid of humanity who like to pick on those smaller, weaker or different than themselves. Since bullies love to pick on targets smaller than themselves, why not employ someone larger than the bully to hurt them like they did their victims? I understand that you cannot fight darkness with darkness, but something has to be done to protect those that cannot protect themselves.  

yourworld
yourworld

Isn't it illegal to bully in school now??? I think that these children act the way they do as a result of home training. Prosecute the families so that parents actually are held accountable for their kids.

bwills11
bwills11

Your kid grows up in a city full of drug addicts and welfare recipients and your surprised when you send your child to school and he is abused by other children who have been raised by the dregs of the earth.

Pack your things and move out of the Ghetto! The schools in East St. Louis are broke and run by thieves, don't expect things to get better G T F O...

Lea Jnice
Lea Jnice

Maybe Its the wrong choice but I'd rip my kid out of that school so fast. Poor boy, I'd want a fresh start after something like that

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

i felt so bad for this young man! still do.I pray life gets better for him! and i pray the bullies also,heck someone gonna have to.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

This is terrible and the sad part is, students learn this from thier, parents and family members. Praying for your peace Caylend!

Chad Hanebrink
Chad Hanebrink

Probably the first article I've read about East St. Louis that didn't involve a shooting.

Laura Daniels
Laura Daniels

Poor kid. I would be so ashamed to be the mother of those bullies.

boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

You have to feel sorry for this child. The only thing that will make a bully stop is a taste of their own medicine. Calling the news, your Mom and the principle won't solve anything. The kid needs to turn around and blast the other kid right in the face and take them down a notch or two.

bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

@boytoy_99_1999 I would have made those bullies cry for their mommies by having Jason "Mayhem" Miller kick their asses MMA style.. Mayhem Miller has had a show called Bully Beatdown. and the best part of the show is that the MMA fighters get to kick the asses of those pussies who think they are tough guys. and for every grand they lose, their victims get the money. Payback's a bitch ain't it?

bwills11
bwills11

@boytoy_99_1999 You know you are right boytoy, the schools aren't going to do anything about it and the likelihood that the bully's parents care enough to do anything to reprimand their child is slim to none. The only chance this child stands to stop this is to fight back.

321movinup
321movinup

Right, because there aren't enough black kids in East St. Louis "blasting" other black kids over insults.  Violence as a byproduct of socio-economics, drugs, or guns = unacceptable.  Violence to defend poorly written homophobic slurs = very acceptable.  I have some advice for you.  The next time you have a thought, just let it go.

Oscar
Oscar

@bwills11 @boytoy_99_1999 Except that the victim of the abuse can be suspended for engaging in fighting, I should know, It happened to me in high school.  It was worth it though to stop the bullying.

boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

@321movinup Go F U C K yourself. You sissies who turn the other cheek and call in every other bleeding heart to come to your rescue are the problem with society. Try to stand up for yourself sometime.

boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

@321movinup According to you it's wrong, your biased opinion and 50 cents wont get you a cup of coffee. 

If I'm so wrong and full of rage why are you wasting your time on me? You don't have the strength of your own convictions do you? hahahaha LOSER!

321movinup
321movinup

Boytoy, you are full of rage.  Seek help seriously.  I commented on your statement because it is wrong.  It still is.  I'm glad I'm not in the same room with you.  I wouldn't want you to "blast" me.

betternamethanboytoy
betternamethanboytoy

@boytoy_99_1999 @321movinup As an impartial 3rd party I will say...Boytoy is an ass clown and would be best off never speaking. Furthermore, everyone hates him and his own parents wish they had aborted him. Now everyone can move on.

boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

@321movinup Don't flatter yourself and remember @$$wipe you responded to me not the other way around. Now run along and enjoy your delusion. 

Bully's respond to their own behavior. Kind of like YOU being an internet stalker, if you were in the same room with me you wouldn't have the balls to speak. See ya coward.

321movinup
321movinup

Yep.  Lots of people.  You're one of them cause everytime I say something you're right there with additional nonsense.  Must've touched a nerve or something...  Does this story seem familiar boytoy?  Did this happen to you?  Is that why you're so eager to find vicarious vindication through your suggestion this boy "blast" the other kids for being unkind?  Nevermind the fact that it would do no good at all, I wonder if that's where this is actually coming from.

321movinup
321movinup

Boytoy, what did I just tell you about having thoughts?  Stop being le edgy internet tough guy and go to bed already.

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