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West Oahu community stands up against bullying after videos surface of assault on student

A community in Waianae is taking a stand against bullying after disturbing videos surfaced of a group of girls assaulting another student.
Published: Apr. 23, 2022 at 5:20 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 23, 2022 at 11:58 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A community in Waianae is taking a stand against bullying after disturbing videos surfaced of a group of girls assaulting another student.

Dozens of people gathered in front of Waianae Intermediate school to rally against bullying.

“We have to make our voices heard and our presence known,” said Nalani Gasper, who organized the rally. “And we got to talk to our kids, we got to give them the resources and the tools that they need to learn how to communicate instead of choosing violence.”

The videos circulating on social media show a girl getting kicked in the face as she sits on a bench.

And other videos show the same girl getting hit repeatedly by a classmate all while a group of students stand by and watch.

“For a child to experience that, it was pretty disgusting and horrific and I wouldn’t want that for my kids,” said Gasper.

The state Department of Education said they’re aware of the incident but could not comment due to student privacy. HIDOE did say that the school is committed to providing a secure campus and that bullying is not tolerated.

Dr. Jeremy Creekmore, a psychiatric mental health practitioner works with kids and adolescents. He said social media has made it a challenge for people to get away from bullies.

“When I was in high school, you know, everybody was face to face, everybody visited,” Creekmore said. “So, a lot of that stuff would happen on campus or off campus, or before or after school, where now there’s no escape.”

Creekmore encourages parents to look out for changes in their child’s behavior.

“Peer group is everything to this age group and not wanting to hang out with peers, sad, depressed, highly anxious, resistant to going to schools, or any kind of social school activities,” said Creekmore.

The psychiatric mental health practitioner also suggests parent keep an open eye for frustrations with social media.

But it doesn’t mean you have to dive into their social media but simply have that talk,” said Creekmore. “That you know, if somebody’s bullying you on social media, please let me know so we can find a way to get you help and put a stop to it.”

Creekmore advises kids who are dealing with bullying, to tell an adult, someone they feel comfortable with whether it’s a teacher, principal or parent.

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