School District Meets With Father of Bullied Fourth-grader After She Posts Video About Harassment at School

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A video posted by a fourth-grade student on Facebook about being bullied that went viral has gotten the attention of Scranton School District officials.

Thursday night, the father of 10-year-old Cassidy Warner met with the superintendent to work on ways to stop the harassment of his daughter.

In a video posted to Facebook by Cassidy Warner, the 10-year-old fourth grader heartbreakingly outlines the bullying she's endured since the 1st grade.

The John Adams Elementary student tells the world what's she experiences at school without saying a word.

“People have been calling me names, people have kicked me, thrown snow at me, pulled my hair, spilled milk all over my jacket,” said Cassidy.

Cassidy's father, James Warner had no idea Cassidy had made that video and posted to her Facebook page.

“And, then once I viewed the video, it was just heartbreaking,” said James. “Like, I had no idea that my daughter was actually suffering that much pain every day.”

After posting the video last week, it went viral, getting 22,000 views before Facebook took it down since the social media site doesn't allow those under 13 to have an account.

However, Cassidy's mother reposted it, already getting more than 30,000 views at the time of this post.

And it has also gotten the attention of the Scranton School District.

James says he met with Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan this evening.

“We discussed certain things that are going to get changed, actually did get changed for Cassidy at the school,” said James. “Different recess time, different lunch time. We put a safety plan into effect.”

Both Cassidy and her father say this wasn`t about taking the district to task but getting kids to be nicer to each other.

“I'm extremely proud of her for her to deal with it every day and to come home and make a video like that to get the message out there,” said James.

And it appears it's already making a difference.

“A bunch of kids today, since like they've seen my video, a bunch of kids came up to me and gave me hugs today at school,” said Cassidy.

Newswatch 16 also spoke with Dr. Kirijan.

The superintendent tells Newswatch 16 the district has a four-pronged approach to dealing with bullying:

  • Students are given the policy on bullying which can be found on the district's website.
  • Each school has programs on how to handle bullying and guest speakers who discuss bullying.
  • Counselors and school resources officers are provided to students at all times.
  • Once a bullying incident is reported that situation is monitored by school staff.

11 comments

  • thomas curran (@Pete123Curran)

    my heart went out to this 10 yrs cassidy warner,this happens a lot and it should not, if you are bullied tell someone fast and mom and dad teacher principal so this does not get to be a bigger problem,”MUCH LOVE AND HAPPINESS FOR CASSIDY! your friend thomas

  • Rusty Knyffe

    There have always been bullies, and there always will be bullies. Once upon a time, children learned how to cope with bullying using their wits and via after school brawls. Sometimes, the victim of these rotten eggs would win out, learn something about their own level of power, and generate respect for even having stood up to the moron in the first place.

    Today, it is automatically presumed that bullies will be handled by the adults in a peaceable manner so that nobody’s feelings will be hurt and the bully will learn valuable lessons. Well, this clearly is not working and hasn’t since the dawn of mankind. Children are now powerless to fight back because they’ll be punished if they do. Instead, they are expected to run to the nearest adult to solve their problems for them, or they keep silent, altogether.

    I’m SO grateful that I’m not a kid in this era, nor must I figure out some way to raise a healthy and well-rounded child during these anything-goes-times, as long as nobody’s feelings are hurt. What a world……….

  • Bob Calvey

    Gee I wonder where Lim is with his words of wisdom oh that’s right he is probably still out protesting guns

  • Patricia Nestor

    Way to pay attention to your kid, Dad! You should be monitoring your kid on the internet and not letting them share personal information. It’s not just kids that are jerks.

    • E

      Awwww are you upset that Scranton is getting national attention for being full of violent, low class, white trash. Poor baby can’t hide amongst the uneducated, drug addict trash any longer lol. 😂😂😂😂

  • Sherry Hutton

    Children are silent to the abuse, because they are ratting out on others and the problem gets worse. Sure the system says there here for the kids, but really are they.

  • Deb Payson

    Schools have zero tolerance policies, protocols and procedures in place, and they are not followed; period. This happens all the time, in every school.

  • Hey You (@ThatGuy1903)

    My daughter goes to West Scranton Middle School and witness a girl bullying another girl and told the bully to stop, The bully then turned her attention to my daughter who stood up to her. My daughter was escorted to the Principal office by a police officer, the bully was sent also to the office but escorted by someone else. The Principal ..Paul Dougherty.. asked my daughter what happen and when my daughter began to explain…he told her to shut up??? He didn’t care to know what is actually happening in his school to his students…This is the problem… a political hack is in charge who can act like a caring person to your face or at a school function, but in reality is a cold uncaring fool not knowing what is going on right under his noise.

  • Shifty Biscuits

    And these teachers go on strike for better working conditions? Unfortunately the kids can’t strike. The teachers should be ashamed of themselves! Glad some of them have been receiving pink slips!

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