A Missouri mom is both shocked and extremely angry after a disturbing Facebook video shows a bully ordering her son to kiss his feet while aiming a gun at his head.
The 13-year-old being harassed is believed to be on the autism spectrum, reports WDAF.
Over the weekend, his mother Emily Bridges noticed bruises on her son, Derrin‘s face. She told WDAF that she didn’t know what caused his injuries until her younger son showed her the video. Bridges said:
“I was hurt. I was angry. I was crying. I was mad. I was upset because he didn’t defend himself.”
The clip shows Derrin being punched repeatedly. Someone in the background is also heard instructing the boy to kneel and kiss the bully’s feet. Bridges said:
“It’s sad that other kids think it’s OK to treat people that way. I don’t want my kids to treat people that way, and I don’t allow them to.”
Bridge claims that initially, police dismissed her son’s attack, so Derrin‘s family members took to Facebook to raise support for an arrest.
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Becky Lea Sanders, who identified herself as the seventh grader’s aunt, wrote on Facebook:
CALLING ALL PARENTS, FRIENDS, FAMILY [AND] AMERICAN CITIZENS.. this is my 13 yr old nephew being bullied at gunpoint in broad daylight… his mother took this video to the independence, mo. police [and] they have refused to do anything …
Derrin is a sweet kid with disabilities [and] did not deserve to be treated this way, threatened or to be dismissed by authorities.. this is a direct threat [and] violation to his safety [and] human rights … [and] something must be done!!!!
Three teens were arrested after Independence, Missouri police received multiple reports following the incident on Saturday. Bridges, however, is still concerned justice won’t be served in her son’s case because his alleged attackers are still under the age of 18.
“He just really said that they’re minors. There`s not a lot that happens to them.
They have to do community service. There’s not a lot. I should just keep [Derrin] away from there and keep him at home.”
“I’m a parent and a mom, so I do feel bad for them to an extent. I do think that all kids should suffer the consequences.”
Police have since identified 17-year-old, Alexander Schrader, as one of the suspects in the video.
Bridge said this isn’t the first time one of her sons has been a victim of a physical attack. She blames parents for not doing enough to reduce violence in their community. She stated:
“I think a lot of them don`t have parents that care. Not that they don’t have them but just aren’t around and don`t care.”
Schrader and the other juvenile suspects could face criminal charges.
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