Bullying Victim Suspended For Fighting Back

It’s not the first time we’ve seen this. A nine year old boy won't be at school in the morning. He was suspended for fighting back against a bully. The school said there’s a no fighting policy so they’re both being punished.

There’s a visible mark on third grader Nathan Pemberton’s cheek and eye after he got into the scuffle at school Tuesday. He told 11 News he knows violence is not the answer, but he just couldn't take the bullying anymore.

Nathan was sent home from West Elementary with a big bruise on his left cheek. He told 11 News he was elbowed and punched in the face by a boy who's been bullying him for months.

"He was picking me up and he kept slamming me into the ground into concrete basketball place," Nathan said.

He says that's just a recent example of the physical abuse he endures. Tuesday, Nathan said it was time he had to stand up for himself.

"He elbowed me in the eye so I tried to push him away to where he wouldn't do it again and he kicked me in the back, I punched him in the face then he punched me in the face," Nathan recalled.

That punch cost him time at school. It’s because of the zero tolerance policy both he and the other boy were suspended for fighting.

"It now has become to protect the bullies and it's completely unfair," mom Deborah Pemberton said.

Nathan's dad, Allan, said it's up to the parents of bullies to protect other kids by talking to their own.

"Treat people how you want to be treated because you're not going to get anywhere in your life if you push people around," Allan said.

We talked with a District 11 spokesperson who says there's a zero tolerance policy for fighting. It doesn't matter what the reason is, if there is a fight and punches are thrown, any child involved is suspended.

The school is trying to solve the problem, when the two boys go back to school Thursday, one of them will be moved to another classroom.


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