A startling video has emerged that shows a sixth-grade autistic boy being beaten by another child as peers simply stand, watch — even encourage — the violence. The tragic scene shows the victim, Kaleb Kula, a student at Elkton Middle School in Cecil County, Maryland, being punch directly in the face.
The child opened up in an interview with ABC-2 News, telling the station that he has been a victim of bullying for years. Along with autism, Kaleb has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
“I knew I was probably going to get injured,” he said. “I wasn’t really scared because I knew what would happen.”
In the video, one child can be heard saying, “Beat the sh*t out of him! This is going on YouTube!”
WMAR-TV has a report that includes the shocking clip:
Kaleb went on to share some of the horrific comments and abuse that are thrown his way during a typical day at school.
“[The other children] call me homosexual,” Kaleb explained. “They try kicking me, pushing me, punching me, and a lot of other things.”
The child’s parents are besides themselves. James Kula, Kaleb’s father, says the family has tried repeatedly to receive help as a result of the torment. Now — finally — something is being done, as the child who hit Kaleb has been charged as a jevenile with second-degree assault.
The video was discovered after one of the kids watching the incident taped it and then posted it on Facebook. It was there that Kaleb’s parents first saw it.
“It’s very stressful I mean you worry all the time, is he going to have a good day, are they going to do anything about when he has trouble with other students,” Jessica, Kaleb’s mother, said. “It feels terrible as a parent to watch that happen to your son. And I just can’t believe that kids can be so mean.”
“At least kids that don’t have special needs can defend themselves a little bit more. He’s pretty much defenseless,” James, Kaleb’s father, added.
Kaleb says he will try to put the incident behind him, although he is afraid that he will be confronted with it again. “It’s like a groundhog trying to run from its shadow,” he said.
(H/T: Huffington Post)