‘I don’t feel safe:’ Michigan teen defies school by reposting video about her daily struggle with bullies
A Michigan teen who posted a video to Facebook complaining about lack of support from administrators at her high school who had failed to protect her from bullying, has reposted the video to YouTube after being told to take it down.
According to MyFoxDetroit, 16-year-old Dana Hamrick originally posted the video –where she tearfully explained that she is bullied on a daily basis at Harry Truman High School –only to be told later in the day to take it down by school officials.
In the video, an emotional Hamrick says, “One of the vice principals, he would threaten to suspend me for three days because I wasn’t in the cafeteria getting bullied,” adding, “I am sitting here, bawling my eyes out and you tell me to get out of your sight.”
Two days later she reposted the video which had been seen by tens of thousands.
“I posted the video because I want people to know that bullying hurts,” she explained. “It does, words hurt.”
According to school officials, the morning Hamrick posted the video, her parents were contacted and a meeting was scheduled. Administrators said that they had offered support and an intervention for the teen months ago, but she had refused, saying she was afraid to name her attackers out of fear of retaliation.
The parent of another teen at Truman told FOX 2 that when her daughter suffered a concussion in a fight recorded on cellphone video a year ago, the school didn’t react, even when she says her daughter had warned staff the attack was coming.
Hamrick says she still doesn’t feel safe at the school.
“People send their kids to school, it should be a safe environment,”she stated. “I don’t think I’m safe. I don’t feel safe.”
Watch the MyFoxDetroit report below:
Watch the reposted video below, uploaded to YouTube by Dana Hamrick: