On Monday, NBC10 reported on the case of a Johnston mom who told the station's "I-Team" that her son had been bullied at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School — incuding a recent incident where her son wound up at Hasbro Children's Hospital for treatment.
Roberta Thompson told reporter Jim Taricani that her son had been the victim of bullying at the school for the "past couple of years," according to NBC10.com.
About a week and a half ago, Thompson told Taricani, a 13-year-old student taunted her son and two others blocked his path when he tried to escape. Thompson alleged that the first student then punched her son repeatedly.
Johnston Police told NBC10 that they have charged the 13-year-old with simple assault and disorderly conduct and referred the case to Family Court; both he and Thompson's son were suspended from class, Taricani noted.
Taricani also reported that when the station contacted Supt. Dr. Bernard DiLullo, he stated that he didn't "interpret this [incident] as bullying."
Over the past two years, the Johnston School Department has taken steps to try and address bullying in schools — last September, school officials unveiled a system of 70 cameras at Ferri and Johnston High School that Facilities Director David Cournoyer said had lowered the number of incidents among students.
Still, Thompson's case shows that bullying still happens in local schools — but is it a widespread problem? Or is this an isolated incident?
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