Heartbreaking photo depicting bullying of student with disability goes viral

Burke High School administrators are investigating a reported case of bullying against a student who is deaf. Now, Alex Hernandez is speaking out on the incident.

OMAHA, Neb. – A high school student who is deaf says he is afraid to go back to school after the latest bullying incident.

Alex Hernandez has been deaf since he was a baby, but says he has endured years of bullying because of his disability.

During lunch on Wednesday, Hernandez says two students, whom he didn’t know, took his backpack and dumped all of his belongings in a toilet.

Administrators later found his tablet, school supplies, homework, debit card and the battery for his cochlear implant in the boy’s bathroom toilet.

Omaha Public Schools released a statement to KMTV, saying, “We are aware of the situation that occurred at Burke earlier this week. We take these kind of situations very seriously. Due to student privacy laws, we are unable to provide specific details regarding the situation, but we do want to assure you that we are working with all parties involved. The situation was an isolated incident. OPS strives to provide a safe learning environment for all students.

Here are some of the steps we take to prevent bullying:

  • Bullying protocol information is included in the OPS due process handbook
  • Bullying prevention and positive relationship lessons are embedded in various curriculum areas throughout a student’s academic career.
  • Any student or parent who suspects bullying, should contact their building administrator immediately.”