Mike Bennett
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Aberdeen, MD   United States
Aberdeen mayor speaks up about high school bullying
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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12/09/13 11:20 PM
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Responding to a Facebook post written by Baltimore Raven Ray Rice regarding bullying at Dundalk High School, Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett made his feelings known on bullying issues in his community's high school Thursday.

"I want to know exactly what is going on at Dundalk High School," the Ravens running back wrote Thursday morning on his official fan page, where he posts regular comments on bullying in schools. "NOT happy about all the messages I am getting from students about a boy being bullied so bad he is attempting to hurt himself repeatedly."

Bennett compared the situation to reports of bullying at Aberdeen High School – a lawsuit was filed against Harford County Public Schools in federal court in April by the parents of an Aberdeen High student who had allegedly been bullied since elementary school.

"Wow, sounds just like Aberdeen High School in Harford County," the mayor wrote.

Bullying has become such a concern that two community meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks in Aberdeen to allow parents and residents to discuss bullying.

The first will be held for parents at the Aberdeen Senior Center, 7 Franklin St., on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Bennett will host the second meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Aberdeen City Hall, 60 N. Parke St.

The parents of the special-needs child accused Harford school officials of not taking action to protect their son and retaliating against them.

Amy Garner-Lindecamp, whose son was being victimized by bullies at Aberdeen and is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, responded to Bennett's comment.

"Thank you Mr. Bennett for not being a bystander!!!" she wrote.

Garner-Lindecamp also noted she had sent a personal message to Rice "explaining one of the major obstacles in HCPS that allows this to be ignored."

Rice visited Harford County in October to speak during an anti-bullying assembly at Bel Air High School.

He wrote in his Facebook post Thursday that he had also received messages that staff at Dundalk High were not taking action or making reports as required.

"Don't be a bystander and let this happen!" he continued. "What the heck is going on?? Message me if you can shine some light on the situation over there because i do not like waking up to messages like this and quite honestly, this is avoidable and it PISSES ME OFF!"

The post generated 1,061 comments, 9,276 likes and 1,176 shares by Thursday evening.

Bennett was among the commenters; many agreed with Rice and shared their own stories of bullying.

He acknowledged Thursday the Aberdeen city government does not control what happens at the high school.

"The school is in our community and so things that are going on affect our citizens, and I felt like it was just time to step up and bring attention to some of things that are going on," he explained.

Bennett said "there's quite a bit of bullying and things like that going on at Aberdeen High School that are not being dealt with very effectively."








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