The parents of a 10-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy are taking to the media with claims that their neighbors have been harassing and making fun of their daughter’s disability. Hope Holcomb’s family has turned a tape of the purported mockery — which allegedly shows a nine-year-old neighbor and his father mimicking Hope’s walk — over to prosecutors.
The family, irate at the images shown in the clip, wants charges filed against the father. As a result of the alleged harassment and ongoing bullying, Hope has said that she is afraid to leave her home in East Sparta, Ohio, Fox4KC.com reports.
“It started last year we had trouble on the bus, she was miserable she didn’t want to ride the bus, cried every morning,” explained Tricia Knight, Hope’s mother. “He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved.”
The harassment was apparently caught on video by Hope’s grandmother and a local prosecutor plans to meet with both families next week to determine what, if any, charges should be filed. Both families have filed complaints with the prosecutor’s office.
The father depicted in the clip, William Bailey, declined to talk to media, but his wife, Vickie, claims that there is wider-spread drama that exists between the two families aside from this one incident. The mother also defended the family, claiming that she’s unsure why the Holcombs are taking the father and son clip so negatively.
“He did get out of the car, you’ve seen the video I am sure, my kid was walking like, but no offense to Hope so why they are taking it that way, I have no idea,” Vickie continued.
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(H/T: Fox 8)