PENN HILLS (KDKA) – The superintendent of the Penn Hills School District says she is “deeply concerned and saddened” by a video circulating on social media.
The video shows a student being shoved to the ground, while people laugh in the background. Family members tell KDKA that the student has cerebral palsy.
Isaiah Wooding, 16, says he still has a difficult time watching himself as a victim in a video that is circulating social media. As one student stands ready and recording, another boy kicks Isaiah in the chest.
“I’m kind of angry and hurt. I feel like the violence of anybody, not just me, should stop,” Wooding said. “When I got up, I couldn’t even move at the time. I didn’t even know what hit me.”
His mother Margaret Wooding is on a mission to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“This was intentionally done. He did not know this was coming. It was set up. Everybody laughing. So I just want them removed from school whearas my son can go to school and not have to look at them,” the mother said.
She hopes the teens responsible are expelled and prosecuted, and that more is done to help victims of bullying.
“I want them to set up a workshop for children to be able to feel comfortable speaking out, going to someone, telling them what’s happening and someone actually listening to them,” she said.
Isaiah is willing to be a voice for himself and other kids.
Kym Gable: Is that something you think will come out of this? That you hope you can get that message out to others?
Isaiah: Yes. and hopefully to finally end bullying and all this hurt and disappointment and anger that everyone has to go through.
Isaiah’s mother says the experience will not keep her son out of class.
“I know he’s hurt. But guess what, he wants to go back to school. He will be back in school Monday morning and his mother will be with him. ”
The superintendent, Dr. Nancy Hines, said in a statement that the administration has launched an investigation into the incident, and promises that anyone involved with be “dealt with accordingly, including referrals to local law enforcement.”
Read her entire statement below:
The Penn Hills School District is deeply concerned and saddened by what is being displayed via social media and at least one local news channel. The PHHS administration began an immediate investigation when concerns were first reported yesterday. Their investigation continues, and anyone having played a role will be dealt with accordingly, including referrals to local law enforcement. Assuming the video clips are authentic and have not been altered, our full staff and Board are absolutely disgusted and embarrassed by the lack of compassion displayed by students closest to the incident and those who created further upset by recording and posting those terrible images online. That is NOT the Penn Hills Way, and we know the overwhelming majority of our students are embarrassed and disgusted as well!!!