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High school students join forces to stop bullying of special needs classmate

Sean-Michael Warner, sophomore, sticks up for special needs classmate and helps stops her harassment. Screen shot via KPTV.

A special needs high school student at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon, had classmates come to her aid when a few fellow students put their foot down and reported the bully to the school.

The victim, who classmates say is highly sensitive to sounds and is likely Autistic, was harassed by a bully outside her home. The bully then posted a video of the taunt to Facebook. In the video, the girl is ambushed while the bullies start to make annoying sounds while invading the victim’s personal space. The bullies also call the victim names and mock her.

Fellow students, who say they call the victim a friend, saw the video and decided to act in solidarity to shut down the video and report it to the proper school authorities.

The video has since been removed from Facebook.

One such honorable student was high school sophomore Sean-Michael Warner who said, “I mean, that’s the kind of stuff that makes people want to kill themselves, being teased like that.”

Another student, Brittany Feroben, a senior, said, “[S]eeing people get picked on, especially the mentally ill, it wasn’t OK.” Feroben said she had faith in her fellow students that a lot of kids would report the video.

Warner told KPTV that he was “surprised to see how many people stood up against it.”

Warner said he appreciated all the kids who came together to stick up for the victim.

Warner also added, “I hope they get kicked out of the David Douglas School District. I don’t want kids like that coming to this high school. That’s not cool.”