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The Internet Stepped In For Bullied Deaf Student


The Internet Stepped In For Bullied Deaf Student

Alex Hernandez of Omaha Nebraska had his backpack stolen during school.  Inside was his homework, tablet, money, along with a battery for his cochlear implant.  Without it, he’s deaf.
School authorities found the culprits when they reviewed security cameras. The bullies had dumped his backpack into a toilet.

When people around the world saw pictures of his backpack in the toilet, they created a GoFundMe page to help him get new school supplies.

“I wanted to thank all of my friends and those who wrote me for supporting me. I am very happy. It made me feel like I am not alone,” Hernandez said.

Alex’s mom decided to move him to a different high school.  She realized that even though there were a lot of people around the world who support Alex, they didn’t go to his current high school.

The boys who tossed his backpack in the toilet were eventually disciplined.

This was released by the Omaha Public School District following the incident
“We are aware of the situation involving theft of a student’s property that occurred last week at Burke High School.

This situation was an isolated incident. It involved theft of property that was later discarded, captured on photo by students and shared on social media. Interviews with the students involved revealed they did not know each other.

Due to student privacy laws, we are unable to provide specific details regarding students involved or any disciplinary actions that may have been taken, but we do want to assure you that we are working with all parties involved and their parents.

The district immediately reached out to parents about this situation last week to share the facts and explain how we were addressing the situation. We were not given any indication that there were further concerns by the parents during or following our conversations.

Appropriate disciplinary action is being taken with students involved with the theft.
We had a follow-up meeting with parents today. It was a very productive meeting.

OPS strives to provide a safe learning environment for all students.

Had the situation been assessed and classified as a bullying situation, we take those reports and situations very seriously as well, and address them immediately.

Below are some of the steps we take to prevent bullying:

· Bullying protocol information is included in the School district’s due process handbook
· Bullying prevention and positive relationship lessons are embedded in various curriculum areas throughout a student’s academic career.
· Any student or parent who suspects bullying, should contact their building administrator immediately.”