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Bullying investigation in Baltimore after girl, 8, attempts suicide

Baltimore city school officials are investigating allegations of bullying at an elementary school after officials say one girl threatened to commit suicide.

Geneva Biggus says her daughter, 8-year-old Shaniya Boyd tried to jump out of a window at Gilmor Elementary School last week. Biggus says Shaniya, who has cerebral palsy, told her that she "wanted to get away" after she was teased, knocked off of her crutches and kicked repeatedly in the head.

Jonathan Brice, executive director of student support for city schools, says Shaniya was not at a window, but she was taken to the nurse's office after she said she wanted to commit suicide.

Brice says one of three students suspended since the incident allegedly attacked Shaniya, but school officials won't disclose the circumstances surrounding the other suspensions.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Schools  
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I have to wonder at the parents of children who would attack someone with a disability. What kind of people could they be that their children think this kind of behavior is all right? I thought our society was becoming more open about differences...someone needs an after school special or three shoved up their backsides.

Posted by: akchild | April 28, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Brice, executive director of student support for city schools, says Shaniya was not at a window...
ATTEMPTED suicide??? It's kind of hard to jump out a window when you're not at a window!!!

Posted by: checkered1 | April 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

With all the bullying going on known also as mobbing and gangstalking is it any wonder people want to kill themselves. I have cops who pick the padlock on my gate and also climb my fences to get into my yard and bang on my windows and doors and harass me. The firemen said I couldn't have a small simple fire going in a safe container sold for burning and yet they let the neighbor burn in a container that is not safe and also let another neighbor have a huge fire and burn late into the night with smoke as big as the house going up into the air while they partied and yelled and laughed and the firemen said that was just fine. We thought the house was on fire there was so much smoke. My neighbor moved my survey stakes after I had my land surveyed so I could have a fence put up and the cops stuck up for him and said he didn't move the stakes. How would he know who moved them. That neighbor fought me for three years about this fence and was stealing my property and we had to go to court and even the judge stuck up for him and so does City Hall. He added onto his house til it is about four times the size of any house around here and how does he get to do that. And have about four businesses listed at his house. My friend couldn't even take a walk without being stopped and harassed by the police. They accused him of being an unemployed vagrant just because he is retired and didn't have his wallet with him when he took a walk around the block. They also accused him of molesting school children because he walked past a school at 8am on a Sunday morning. We know of hundreds of incidents of abuse by cops and firemen.

Posted by: washpo2 | April 28, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The kids these days show very little to any respect for their peers. They don't show any respect for their teachers and I've even seen quite a bit of disrespect toward their own parents. It takes a village. I hope that the quilty parties were knocked down and kicked in their heads. They need to know what it feels like to be on the other side... to be bullied. To do that to any person, let alone a person with special needs is criminal. School aged bullies can turn into criminals! I hope they are taking this seriously!!

Posted by: TCfromtheLP | April 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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