Last night, KING 5 ran this story about the plight of a 17-year-old Lake Washington High School student and his reports of repeated bullying by other students which were ignored by school officials. Finding now help from the school administration, the LWHS junior, Alex Morris took his story public. Since doing so, the school has changed course and will now address the issue.
Morris says he has been shoulder butted in the school hallways and has had smoothies smeared on his car. The most egregious incident to date was when a bully keyed Morris' car causing $1,500 damage.
According to KING5, "Since the passage of anti-bullying laws the Lake Washington School District has encouraged kids to report harassment incidents. The number of reports has more than tripled since the 2004 school year."
The Washington State School Safety Center has produced a "Bullying Fact Sheet" which states:
For an action to be considered bullying, it needs to meet the following definition:
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
- Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
The Kirkland Reporter also ran this article on Morris' story.