A disturbing viral video shows a group of teenage girls fighting a boy who appears to have special needs.
The clip was shared to Twitter on Wednesday and has racked up more than 1 million views and been retweeted nearly 25,000 times. In the footage, the girls hit their visibly distressed schoolmate while bystanders laugh.
“rowland high school, if anyone knows who these girls are, please share it,” reads a caption accompanying the video. “stuff like this breaks my heart, he’s special and these girls think it’s funny to fight him. THIS IS MESSED UP & people need to realize stuff like this IS NOT okay. literally heartbreaking.”
Gina Ward, the public information officer for Rowland Unified School District, confirmed that the students involved in the incident attend Rowland High School in Rowland, California. She said the fight took place on Wednesday.
In a statement sent to Pluralist, Ward said the “safety of our students and staff is the highest priority” for Rowland High School and the district. School officials “very promptly and thoroughly handled the situation with immediate and firm disciplinary action before the end of the school day.”
“This incident is not a reflection of our values and beliefs as a school community. Rowland High School has a positive behavior support structure in place and systems for students to address conflict and concerns in responsible and productive ways,” Ward said. “Rowland High School does not tolerate bullying and its presence on any school campus is unacceptable. As a school community we will continue to support for our students in a strong anti-bullying stance and address the importance of students involving themselves to stop these types of actions from occurring.”
#JusticeforKorvin at Rowland High School
Following the surfacing of the video on Twitter, several users started a hashtag campaign for the boy, whose name is said to be Korvin.
“BULLYING AND HARASSMENT AGAINST THE DISABLED IS SICKENING. this needs to end NOW #justiceforkorvin,” tweeted one user.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than one in five students report being bullied.