An Atlanta elementary school student was bullied, kicked and called gay by classmates. But Morris Brandon Elementary School officials went soft on punishment: His attackers were forced to write apology notes and banned from a pizza party.
When asked if he thought the three students who kicked him learned their lesson, the victim responded, “No, because it’s like you commit assault and all that’s going to happen is you’re going to miss a pizza party? That’s just, like, wrong.”
An Atlanta police report about the May 20 incident offered this description of what took place:
[The victim's father] stated that between 10:30-10:45am classmates stuck a "Kick Me" sticker on his back and kicked him several times in the leg and back. He complained of a leg injury and refused treatment. The classmates also called him gay. The case number and number to school detectives was provided.
The mother of the 5th-grade student described the incident in an emotional interview with WSB.
“He was attacked by three boys, and this is clearly assault,” the victim’s mother said. “As they were kicking him, they were laughing and calling him ‘gay boy, gay boy, gay boy.’”
A spokesperson for Atlanta Public Schools said that administrators are pleased with how school officials "manage discipline."