A 14-year-old Virginia teen has been hospitalized for nine days after fighting back against a group of bullies who relentlessly targeted the boy at school, repeatedly calling him “gay” and a “faggot.” The teen has now been charged with two counts of assault, but his mother claims Highland Springs High School did not do “enough to make it stop.”
Mary Martin admits her son threw the first punch, but claims he was the real victim who was viciously bullied and taunted by several students at the school
“I don’t want my son to die,” said Martin. “All he wanted to do was go to school.”
“When I try to call the school, and I try to get answers they just blow me off. They don’t want to talk to me.”
“It just breaks my heart,” said Martin. “My husband laid there in the hospital with him all night.”
Dad says this is taking a toll on his family.
“I haven’t had any sleep in two days. It’s just ridiculous to go this far,” said Mr. Martin. ‘It’s bullying. It’s going too far. It’s not stopping. They are not doing enough to make it stop.”
Eric’s twin brother, Earl, is afraid to go back school.
“After what happened to my brother,” said Earl. “And after what happened in the past to other people…no. I don’t feel safe there.”
Mom is almost at her breaking point.
“And to see my mom that way,” said Earl. “It just gets to me. I think about it all the time.”
Eric is 14-years-old, and Mom says he likes to draw.
“He has been called names,” said Martin. “He has been called gay. He has been called a f——.”
The Martin family is pleading for help as Eric remains on suicide watch.
“Bullying is real,” cried Martin. “And bullying can take your children away from here if you don’t pay close attention.”
“I’ve seen it on the news,” said Mr. Martin. “Nobody does anything about it. We are speaking out asking for help to stop this. It has got to stop somewhere.”
Martin says her son could be in the hospital for another two weeks. Henrico Police confirm they are investigating.
WWBT-TV received the following statement from Henrico Schools:
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