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The mother of a 13-year-old school girl from Tielt (West Flanders) has posted a video on Facebook to show how her daughter is being brutally bullied by other pupils. She put the footage online to support her daughter, hoping that such incidents can be avoided in the future.

The video goes back to last Tuesday. The victim is waiting at the Roeselare bus station when a group of other pupils from her school arrive. One girl starts bullying her, with the support of her friends and with one pupil making a four-minute movie.

The victim is being told to stand up. The verbal aggression is followed by physical aggression. The girl is being slapped in the face and kicked, and is being pulled by the hair several times.

The movie was first put on YouTube by the bullies. It was removed, but the mother of the victim had a copy and put the footage online on Facebook, titled "How low can you go? Kayleigh's last school day."

"I did this to support my daughter"
The mother wanted to share the video to support her daughter and to make a statement. It worked: the film was shared over 70,000 times in a couple of days. Most viewers express their support for the victim and some have very hard comments towards the bullies. A Facebook hate group was created against the 15-year-old girl that takes the lead in the incident. She also received death threats.

The mother also filed a complaint with the police. The judicial authorities in Kortrijk (West Flanders) are starting an investigation. The school principal has announced measures against the bullies.They risk being expelled from their school.

The mother writes that her daughter supports her decision to put the video online. "Kayleigh wants to take an initiative to stop the bullying. We hope that nobody will be confronted with this kind of pestering in the future. (...) The support is doing us a lot of good, but we just want the bullying to stop", she told Het Laatste Nieuws. Kayleigh has an autism spectrum disorder.

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I'm going to say it out right. As pissed off as I am at the bullies harassing that poor girl. I'm even more pissed off at the people in the background. This went on for four minutes, for whole fucking minutes, and not a single person even bothered to speak up on this girl's behalf. Not one of them said anything, yelled at them to stop or even bothered to try and call the cops, or any other kind of help.

Two of the bullies got expelled from their school, and I'm sure there'll be some problems for the other four. But what about the bystanders who just watched, stayed in place and did nothing. Who'll do anything to teach them that what they did was wrong?
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lit_gal From: lit_gal Date: June 29th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate to say it, but most teenagers freeze when they experience a new situation. I've seen it in everything from a school shooting situation to having someone call them or their friends a name. It may not be right, but it's normal. Quite a few anti-bullying programs actually use role play to help students practice what they would do if they saw bullying... everything from walking away to deny the bully an audience to verbally calling the bully out to calling for help. But in the absence of practice, even good kids will freeze as they try to figure out what to do, and the more of them there are, the more likely it is that that moment of indecision turns into inaction as they see everyone else doing the same thing--nothing. My guess is that some of these kids are good kids who didn't know what to do. Teen brains are definitely not finished baking.
sueworld2003 From: sueworld2003 Date: June 29th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seems to me that more and more people these days are bringing up their kids to be no more then bloody animals. :(
daydreamer1984 From: daydreamer1984 Date: June 29th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
omg!! I couldn't even watch the whole thing. I was mad!
If i was that girl i would have just suddenly jumped up and punched her right in the mouth!!! Especially when she was in my face like that! Just one good punch to the face!
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