Kern County special needs teen bullied at school in viral video | #specialneeds | #kids

ARVIN, Ca. – A video of a special needs teen being bullied by other teens posted to the social media platform TikTok earlier this week has provoked outrage in this small city in twenty-two miles Southeast of Bakersfield in Kern County.

The video showed the young Latino male teen in tears having his hair cut-off with patches of bald spots intentionally shaved by another student while more gathered around directing insults mocking him and in obscene Spanish at one point you can hear one of the students tell him not to cry.

After the haircutting finishes the young teen student can be seen using his blue t-shirt to wipe away tears and then seen using his mobile as a mirror to check how much hair had been sheared off. The video footage also showed the other students with huge grins on their faces as they continued to mock the boy.

Arvin City Councilmember Daniel Borreli told local media outlets that he is “outraged” by the video and intends to hold the school accountable. Other city officials said investigators from the Arvin Police Department have reached out to the school to assist with the investigation.

A school district spokesperson emailed the following statement:

“Arvin High School administration is aware of a video circulating on social media. The behavior exhibited in the video is clearly unacceptable, and we do not condone bullying of any kind. When students breach the boundaries of acceptable behavior, they will be held accountable for their actions, and the school will provide support to any affected student. The incident is being thoroughly investigated, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.”

Friday morning a rally was held in support of the bullied teen. David Kaplan, a reported for CBS News affiliate KBAK-TV tweeted:

On Thursday the high school responded with a statement posted to Twitter:

From KGET-TV NBC 17:

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