Fort Wayne mom wants FWCS to take action against bullying

Family of 9-year-old Isaac Hackley, who has cerebral palsy, says a FWCS school didn't address bullying problems and faculty neglected to care for him properly.

Posted: May 16, 2018 10:11 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 8:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Isaac Hackley says he's a victim of bullying. The 9-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and spends his days in a wheelchair.

"It made me feel upset. It made me feel sad. What if they were in a wheelchair and they were just like me. How would they like it if I made fun of them, " said Hackley.

Isaac says students threw stuff at him and even knocked him out of his chair. Wednesday, his mom Kayla Ramirez withdrew him and his 4 siblings from Adams Elementary School in Fort Wayne. She says the school didn't making an effort to address the bullying.

"Nothing was being taken care of. Nothing was being done, at all."

The third-grader also wears a diaper and is required to have it changed whenever it's wet. Ramirez says the school neglected to change Isaac's diaper when it was wet. She says most days, the diapers soaked through his clothes and he had to sit in it until he got home.

"He said that they said the diapers lasted 12 hours. That is unacceptable."

After many days of coming home in a wet diaper, Isaac now has a urinary tract infection.

"I'm upset and hurt because I'm, not there and I can't protect him. He shouldn't be going through that. "

FOX 55 News reached out to Fort Wayne Community Schools who in an email says," FWCS takes the needs of our students very seriously, and our employees work hard each and every day to provide the best care and education possible to our students."

Ramirez says that statement is simply not enough. She hopes Isaac's story will inspire the school district to make more of an effort to prevent bullying in the future, and educate students about people living with disabilities.

"When they're coming to their office because a kid is hitting them or hurting them, or putting marks on them. I want them to do more than saying "We will handle it."

Although Issac doesn't feel like he has support at school, he has it from the community. Local bikers rallied around Isaac and his family Wednesday morning, and took him on a motorcycle ride.

"It was awesome!"

Isaac and his siblings will be home-schooled for the rest of the school year. Ramirez hopes to find another school in the FWCS district by the fall.

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