WATCH: Kid bullied on camera during interview about bullying
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Young man taking stand against bullying roughed up by students as local TV crew prepares to interview him.
(Ron Recinto) -- A young man taking a stand against bullying at his school was apparently roughed up by fellow students as a local TV crew was preparing to interview him.
"The student came up to me and pushed me out of the way and said, 'What are you recording?'" Preston Deener told WHAG. "All of sudden, the student was chasing me and I needed some help."
The incident happened as WHAG cameras and reporter Katie Kyros were readying an interview with Deener, a sophomore at Brunswick High School in Frederick, Md.
Kyros described the events:
"I had my camera fully set up. I was getting ready to interview Preston and his friend and the boys just didn't seem to care. A group of three boys came up, and one of them just lunged toward Preston, started pushing him and hitting him in the head so quickly. I was shocked. They didn't even care that I was standing there and yelling about it… It was all on camera. They have no shame about it."
However, Kyros later points out the camera was not recording when the alleged assault took place. But crews did capture images of the boys approaching, and Deener running away after the incident.
Deener went into the school to report the bullying, as is district policy. Deener was recently suspended for three days after an incident last week where instead of telling administrators, he fought a student after being tackled at school, WHAG reports. Preston claims he's been a victim of bullying for years, including cyberbullying.
That's why Kyros was on site to talk to Deener.
Cheryl Deener , Preston's mother, hopes the recent incident caught mostly on video will nudge the school district to take action against this bully, WHAG reports.
The television station is cooperating with the school district and has turned over a copy of the video so the school can identify the young men involved.
"A full investigation is step number one, to find out what's going on and what happened," Michael Doerrer with Frederick County Public Schools told WHAG.
Cheryl Deener has started a Facebook site in support of her son where she hopes parents of bullied teens can share support and ideas, ABC2 WMAR reports. Recently, she got the district to reverse a ruling the kept Preston from attending homecoming because of his suspension, ABC2 reports.
This is yet another notable case where a parent is seeking public support for a child who has stood up against apparent bullying -- only to get punished for retaliating.
Duke's 14-year-old son, Max, was suspended for allegedly fighting with a student who had been bullying him at the school, Duke said.
In Preston Deener's case, the TV station got the interview and the young man quite eloquently delivered this simple statement, "You've got to have one heart and stand up for someone who's getting bullied and it needs to stop."