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Back to school bullying: What you need to know

Posted at 8:34 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 08:34:40-04

A Nebraska teenager is speaking out after he was bullied in school, and the story is starting an important start of the school year conversation.

High School Senior Alex Hernandez is deaf.  When he left his backpack on a chair in the cafeteria, someone took it.  Later a student found the backpack emptied into a toilet.

Hernandez says the backpack had his school work and his cochlear implant inside.

"I was very upset because I know I work really hard on my project and homework because I just want to make my mom to be happy and know that I did a good job on the homework," he said.  "Those students think it's okay to bully a deaf student, but they're not."

Staff at the school said surveillance video showed two boys taking the bag.

The story has now sparked an important conversation about bullying.  Here are some things parents and students want to consider:

StopBullying.gov suggests talking to kids about what bullying is, and why it's never ok.  Also, keeping the lines of communication open and checking in with your kids often.  Lastly, you should encourage kids to do what they want in order to build confidence, and treat others with kindness and respect.

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