BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Bullied, taunted and choked until he passed out. Parents say their special needs son was tortured by classmates at two Baltimore City schools.

Meghan McCorkell spoke with those parents, who are taking their fight to court.

The Sullivan family has filed a lawsuit after they say their son was mercilessly bullied and the school system did nothing about it.

Baltimore schools are supposed to be bully-free, but Shawna and Eddy Sullivan say for their 10-year-old son Sean, the hallways were a nightmare.

“He’s being pushed to the ground, things are getting taken—his lunch money is getting taken. They’re taking his books, throwing them around,” said Shawna Sullivan.

They say their son, a special needs student, was tormented by classmates at Hazelwood Elementary School.

“Within a couple of weeks, he didn’t want to go to school at all,” Eddy Sullivan said.

The couple says they went to the principal countless times.

“We had phone calls after phone calls after phone calls, including the school police,” Eddy Sullivan said.

But the bullying wasn’t stopped. The last straw was when they say their son was attacked outside the school.

“He was choked until he was passed out, carried into the office and still nothing came of it,” Shawna Sullivan said.

The Sullivans then moved their son to Glenmount but say that was also not a bully-free zone. Again, they went to school officials for help but say the problem was ignored. Now the family has filed a lawsuit against the school board of commissioners and the principals of both Hazelwood and Glenmount Elementary/Middle Schools.

“Children are getting hurt and sooner or later, somebody is going to seriously be hurt,” Shawna Sullivan said.

They hope by taking legal action, it sends a message that the system needs to be fixed.

Baltimore City schools would not comment on this case because it is pending litigation. They did acknowledge the case is going to court Thursday.

According to Baltimore City school board policy, bullying, harassment and intimidation are prohibited in the school environment.

Comments (53)
  1. The Truth? says:

    Alright, Mr. M, can you imagine the publicity? It’s one thing to come onto a forum and bash people, but you live in a city that is, as you are so fond of expressing, 68% African. You want to air your dirty laundry that publicly? Because believe me, if my IP is accessible to you, then your’s is accessible to me and I will publish every filthy, foul bigoted remark you have ever made.

    ..and there’s the difference between us. I have NEVER said a cruel thing about the citizens of this city. In fact, I have been nothing but civil, until I got tired of watching you bashing innocent people for expressing their opinions, something which ought to be respected, even if you disagree. You get people truly upset. That’s hurtful and if you watch a bully at work, you ought to stand up to him. So this is me, standing up to you.

    Don’t threaten people. Maybe try civility. It works and people don’t hate you. Bullying never turns out OK for anyone, not even you.

    1. deliverance says:

      Keets, I am more than willing to face that challenge in a court of law. My comments were ,are general in nature & protected under the 1st amendment. Yours, calling me by name & where I live are an invasion of privacy & I can sue for libel. I’m near the end of my life so publicity means &*^%$# to me ok?…..You are a dispirited person who needs to champion a cause so let’s exchange IP routing numbers & see each other in court slime.

      1. God bless says:

        Dispirited and champion at the same time, eh?

        Let me get this straight, you are at the end of your life and this is how you want to spend it? I am so sorry.

        I didn’t divulge anything that you didn’t already make public. Google your name Mr. M, it is the first thing that pops up. I haven’t done a thing to you. I really hope you find something positive to do with the end of your life, because this is not a good way to go out.

      2. the mechanic says:

        God Bless??? Not you of course…..How I live & go out of this world is none of your F..K’n business. If people have a problem with my telling the truth based on facts, let them deal with it & stop trying to be a hero cause you’re a zero.A legend in her own mind, A broken woman but a champion in her eyes. Ya know, Hitler was delusional , all the fruitcakes who thought they could champion others causes are to. You have about as much knowledge of life as a pimp in a monastery.

      3. I LOVE YOU BERNIE FARTZ says:

        so, i take it you’re not going to sue me? i mean, wow, you’re all over the place….OOOOHHHH I get it, you forgot. I hear that happens at your age. you’re cute bernzie toots.

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