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Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 2:31 AM
BELLEVUE, Wash. — A Bellevue, Washington, fourth-grader says she has been bullied since school started in September. After months of telling teachers, administrators and the district, feeling desperate, she posted a video on Facebook to get help for herself and other students who are bullied.
The video was shared more than 17,500 times and reached more than 670,000 people.
A 9-year-old Bellevue girl made this video after being bullied at school.Posted by KIRO 7 News on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Nasir Andrews, 9, is finishing fourth grade at Ardmore Elementary School in the Bellevue School District. Andrews, who is black, said she's been called "Nutella" and "servant."
"I told my after-school teacher, and she said it wasn't racist and she made me write the definition of racist," Nasir told KIRO on Wednesday.
Andrews says she was picked on for buying her lunch and laughed at on the school bus. Her parents got her a lunch box and let her bring her lunch some days, and they started driving her to school every day.
She said students in her class would take her snack and eat it or throw it away. At recess, she says classmates ran away from her. She says she’s been pushed, kicked and choked.
The girl and her family moved to Bellevue last summer from Georgia, where her parents said she had no trouble making friends.
"Everybody in my class does not like me, and I don't have any friends in my class or in the other fourth-grade classes," Nasir said Wednesday.
Chantey and Travis Andrews are upset the school didn't do more to help their daughter. They say they have complained to administrators for months.
"With so many things happening, our fear is there is a culture that has been established at the school where it is almost OK for the children to exercise different forms of treatment and bullying and harassment," said her mother, Chantey Andrews. "And there's not a conversation being had with them saying, 'No, this is unacceptable.'"
In the video posted to Nasir's mother's Facebook page, the girl holds up cards with words on them to share her story.
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 1:51 AM
— A new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses video-sharing site YouTube of illegally collecting children's data.
According to the Guardian, nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are arguing that YouTube's parent company, Google, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data on and targeting advertising toward children without obtaining parental consent beforehand.
The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges that Google knows that children use YouTube, even though YouTube asks that children under 13 not use the site.
"Despite the presence of literally millions of child-directed videos, and despite promising advertisers access to kids via YouTube ads, Google pretends that they aren’t responsible for the children on YouTube," the CCFC said on its website. "Google knows kids are there, and they are not taking steps to protect their privacy. So we are."
YouTube released the following statement in response to the complaint:
"We are reviewing the complaint and will evaluate if there are things we can do to improve. Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. Because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children."
According to The Associated Press, YouTube Kids "offers more parental controls but is not as widely used" as the main YouTube site.
Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
BROCKTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts bakery is helping a boy with special needs communicate again after his trusty iPad was stolen.
Three-year-old Hunter Jerrier has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, and because he's nonverbal, he uses his iPad to speak.
Hunter's father, Brian Jerrier, says the gateway to understanding his son's wants and needs is his iPad, which is loaded with special programs to help out his little one.
"They didn't just steal an iPad. They stole his voice." Theft at local bakery strips non-verbal 3-year-old's ability to communicate. The gesture that's restoring his parents faith in others #Boston25 at 1030 pic.twitter.com/kYDJYWkL2b— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) March 26, 2018
However, on Saturday, during a trip to White's Bakery in Brockton, Hunter's method of communication was stripped from him when someone stole his gadget.
His parents said someone took it from a counter just minutes after they accidentally left it there.
"As a grown, 40-year-old man it made me cry. It was my fault because I put it down. I felt like I let him down because it's the only way he can communicate with us," Brian said.
The Jerriers thought it was a lost cause until they received a phone call less than 24 hours after the theft from a manager at the bakery.
The manager offered to replace the iPad and followed through with his word.
"There are still good people out there that, in a really crummy situation, made it easier for him, easier for us and did it so quickly," said Amanda Jerrier, Hunter's mom.
Now, the Jerriers said the last way to right this wrong is for the thief to come forward.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
ROANOKE, Va. — After his son was kicked off the school bus for three days for bullying, a father in Virginia came up with an alternative way for him to get to school.
As punishment, Bryan Thornhill made his son run to school. In a Facebook video posted on Thursday, Thornhill streams his son running with his backpack on in the rain, with Thornhill riding in a car behind him. In the Facebook video, Thornhill explained why he chose this form of punishment and gave "tough love" parenting advice to others. (Note: The video contains language that some may find objectionable.)
The video has generated millions of views and has sparked a mix of praise and criticism.
Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 6:43 AM
HAUGHTON, La. — A video of a boy comforting his baby sister is warming hearts across the country.
A video shared to Facebook by mom Danielle Davis of Haughton, Louisiana, shows her son quietly rocking his sleeping sister in his arms when she wasn’t feeling well. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Instagram.
“The kids adore each other,” Davis told “Good Morning America.” “He can always make her laugh. They are siblings, so they have their moments of jealousy, but that’s to be had. Ninety percent of the time they really very loving toward each other.”