A 10-year-old US girl suffering from cerebral palsy is too afraid to leave her house because her neighbours continually mock her disability.
Ohio girl Hope Holcomb has regularly been bullied by her nine-year-old neighbour, but recently the boy's father has also begun teasing the young girl with both being captured on film mocking the limp Hope suffers as a result of her illness.
"It started last year we had trouble on the bus, she was miserable she didn’t want to ride the bus, cried every morning," Hope's mother Tricia Knight told Fox 8 News.
"He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved."
The video, filmed by Hope's grandmother, shows William Bailey picking his son up from the bus stop and both walking to their car with a deliberate limp.
Hope's father was outraged when he watched the footage and questioned why a grown man would take aim at a young girl with a disability.
"It makes me sick too, to think that a grown man would tease a 10-year-old disabled girl that has never done a thing to any of them for no reason, and now she doesn't want to get on the bus to go to school," he said.
Mr Bailey's wife Vickie says the two families are involved in an ongoing dispute and denied her husband was trying to bully the young girl.
"He did get out of the car, you've seen the video I am sure, my kid was walking like, but no offense to Hope so why they are taking it that way, I have no idea," she told Fox 8 News.
Both families have filed complaints with the local prosecutor but no charges have been filed.
Author: Dave Meddows. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.
Source: Fox 8 News.
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