A teenager in Nova Scotia, Canada was left feeling helpless after a group of his peers forced him to lay face down in freezing, rushing waters.
According to Global News, 14-year-old Brett Corbett — who has cerebral palsy — was dared to stand in the middle of the stream before he was bullied to get down on his stomach.
As Corbett explained:
“I was standing there as a dare and then they said if ‘you don’t get in I’m going to effin’ punch you, get on your effin’ stomach.’”
After he got down on his stomach, Corbett said that’s when he was used as a human bridge:
“And then I let a girl walk on my back thinking it was nice, but then I realized it wasn’t nice at all.”
“I was freezing … no one tried to help me. The girl literally walked on my back, she said, ‘could you get back down please, I don’t want to get wet.’ I shouldn’t have let her walk on my back.”
The entire exchange was caught on camera.
The father of one of Corbett’s friends later retained a copy of the video and posted on Facebook before slamming those responsible the way the teenager was treated.
Brandon Jolie wrote:
Never in my LIFE have I ever been more disgusted. The young boy in this video is my friends son, he has cerebral palsy. This is Glace Bay High School.
Parents; you failed this generation. The amount of teenagers that stood around and watched this happen, even took videos of it. I hope you watch this video, recognize your kid and feel the shame. To the little girl that stepped on him; you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself.
Everyone who knows this boy knows he has a disability. How fricken hard is it to show some compassion?? To stand by and not only allow it to happen but to take a video as if it’s a joke! It’s 2018, show some respect for eachother and empower eachother rather than claw other people down to build yourself up.
I think we need to take this situation and make change out of it. We need to look at our children and the lessons we are teaching, we need to play a more active role in their social life. Stuff like this happens because we don’t know what our kids are doing at school or with their friends. This needs to CHANGE.
Corbett said no one offered to help him out of the situation. He told The Chronicle Herald that the video made him feel both “sad and embarrassed,” adding that the video also made him “feel like I’m always getting bullied there and that no one cares.”
Corbett’s mother, Terri McEachern, said she was both devasted and heartbroken after seeing the video of how her son was treated.
Because Corbett didn’t tell any of his teachers about the incident, McEachern took matters into her own hands.
The mom said that the school assured her that the situation was being taken care of, but even though a few students were suspended as a result of the video, no one has apologized to her son.
McEachern told The Chronicle Herald:
“A teacher assistant at the school actually told him today it’s his fault that students are getting suspended, that he chose to take part in that incident and he should watch his actions.
He said he was being pushed into it.”
McEachern hopes that by sharing her son’s story, it can prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.