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Posted at 5:31 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

'The View' from Nadin Khoury, a victim of bullying

By Jonathan Capehart

Nadin Khoury is my new hero. And the 13-year-old bullying victim from Pennsylvania ought to be yours, too, after you see his appearance on The View from last week. I first heard of his harrowing ordeal -- set upon by seven thugs in his school who dragged him in the snow and hanged by his coat from a fence -- on the Today show.

It's bad enough that Khoury was punched and kicked repeatedly by members of this gang, ranging in age from 15 to 17. What makes the 20-minute attack, which was recorded on a camera phone by one of the alleged assailants and posted on YouTube, worse is that no one heeded his calls for help. Not the three people who Khoury said walked by. Nor anyone who lived in the apartment complex where the attack occurred.

"I find it offensive when members of the community stand up and talk about the cops not doing something when not one person called 911," said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police in Upper Darby Township, Pa. Agreed! Then, the outspoken chief made a show of arresting the teens allegedly involved. "We're dragging them out in handcuffs," he said. "We want to send home a message that this type of behavior will absolutely not be tolerated." I won't hold my breath on that one. A major societal attitude adjustment is required for that message to finally get through.

Meanwhile, rather than cower in the shadows -- which would be totally understandable -- Khoury has been speaking out. It was his appearance on The View last Friday that will tug at your heart, especially when you see the surprise near the end.

Khoury was repeatedly picked on because, he said, he was "one of the smallest ones." Because his mom is African and she has an accent and has dark skin. He said teachers "wouldn't do anything" to stop previous attacks. Then the Jan. 11 assault happened.

When Whoopi Goldberg asked Khoury what he wants to be when he grows up (around 2:33), the young man, who admitted to being "really scared....scared for my life," said without hesitation, "A marine." Look at his face during the close-up. You can totally see it. The core values of the marines are honor, courage and commitment. They are tough values to live by, let alone to live up to. And they are values Khoury already exhibits four years before he's eligible to enlist. If only more bullying victims possessed his inner strength.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 7, 2011; 5:31 PM ET
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Comments

What happened to this boy is ASSAULT not bullying! Why can't we treat these boys as criminals and agree that bullying is different. Someone saying mean things on a facebook page is not the same as physical abuse.
It would be the same thing as saying a woman who was groped by a gang (or worse)is just like the woman who was whistled at by the construction guys.

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | February 8, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

There are degrees of bullying, just as there are degrees of what you call assault (battery is probably the correct legal term). I see no problem with the overlapping of the terms. The boys WERE treated as criminals; they were arrested.

Posted by: UncommonCommoner | February 8, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I think bullying AND assault/battery are present here, and that the boys deserved to be arrested. I also really admire Nadin for standing up and for wanting to be a marine, and I'm glad the Eagles players gave him such a great experience.

Posted by: 1toughlady | February 8, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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