Son pulled from school after bullies confront father
A Maritime teen says he has been bullied for the past seven years by fellow students and when he started high school in Riverview, New Brunswick last month, the situation escalated.
Things got so bad at Riverview High School that Tristan Terry's family decided to pull the Grade 10 student out of the school, saying their complaints to school officials have fallen on deaf ears.
The 14-year-old says he has been tormented for years, but things got worse last month.
"This kid just apparently didn't like me very much for some reason or another and decided he was going to start bullying me," says Tristan Terry. "They thought it would be funny to throw crab apples and rocks at me and call me names."
His father, Donald Terry, says Tristan spent a lot of time in hospital as a young child and they almost lost him three times. When the bullying turned violent, Donald Terry decided to complain to the school, saying he wouldn't let his son go now after making it this far.
"I went to the school to get the issue addressed and to pick up my son, and the next thing I know I had two boys in my face telling me they were going to kick the s*** out of my son and there was nothing the cops, school or I could do about it, and they had plans for me as well and I better go home before I get hurt too," says Donald Terry.
He asked if Tristan could be removed from the classes with the boys who were bullying him, but he says the harassment continued even after the students were separated.
The Terry family filed a complaint with Codiac RCMP and Const. Dan Roy says police received a bullying complaint last week, but he says he can't get into specifics about the case.
"As in anywhere else, we're not immune to that type of activity in the schools and we do see some cases of that in our schools in this area we well," says Roy.
Terry says he feels his concerns fell on deaf ears with police as well as with the school.
"I immediately went to the RCMP, they told me that there was nothing they could do as no physical attack or direct threat occurred," says Terry.
"I sat with my wife and we decided to transfer my son to another high school. After what I had seen and heard from the two boys that got in my face I knew what my son dealt with on a daily basis, and the way the school acted, my son was not safe remaining at Riverview High."
Terry says he placed calls to the District 2 School Board, Riverview High School and Codiac RCMP and was told he would receive calls by the end of Friday. But he says they have yet to call him back. CTV News also tried to contact the school board but received no reply.
But the Terry family isn't the only people hoping to speak to the school board and local police.
Donald Terry turned to BullyingCanada, a national anti-bullying charitable organization, looking for support for his son. The co-executive director of BullyingCanada says he too is hoping to contact local police, the school board and the school's administration to offer support in the form of workshops and material.
"I'm incredibly concerned about this case, and we will be working with the Terry family in order to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible." said Rob Frenette.
Until then, Tristan Terry has enrolled at Harrison Trimble High School and he says it's the first time in seven years that he is looking forward to going to school.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis