Lee High students, staff support student after bullying video goes viral on social media


LEE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)- Students and staff are coming together to support a fellow student who was reportedly seen being bullied on a video that was shared hundreds of times on social media.

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The video shows multiple teens outside a building at Lee High School. One of the teens is shown hitting another student.

News Channel 11’s Blake Lipton learned there has been an outpouring of support for that student who was bullied since the incident took place.

“I was talking to some of my buddies and they were saying, ‘hey Noah, have you taken a look at social media lately?’ And I said, ‘no, what’s up?’ They said there’s a video going around on social media of an 8th grader getting bullied.”

Noah Sage, a senior football player at Lee High, was shocked when that video surfaced on social media, as were many other students we spoke with.

“It’s culture and incident, think it gets far too normalized now,” said Assistant Principal Walter Shell. “That’s definitely one of the most severe incidents I’ve seen as an administrator.”

The Lee High Football team met with 8th graders during their lunch hour following the incident and even comforted the boy who was bullied.

“I went over to lunch with him, I sat down and ate with him,” said Sage. “I talked with him about the whole situation, just showing my support saying if you ever need somebody to talk to, just come to me or just come to one of the teachers.”

It’s something the team’s coach said was student led.

“For my football boys to do this,” said Alec Haston, head football coach at Lee High, “it’s not a normal thing.”

Students from every grade offered support.

The school’s new Student Assistant Program Counselor Sarah May also went into action.

“After the incident that took place next week,” said May, “I did some small groups with our 8th graders and encouraged them to come to me with issues, to come to me with the knowledge that somebody is being picked on, or somebody is being left out.”

Lee County Schools Superintendent Brian Austin said the incident is not reflective of Lee County students and staff and that the school is continuing to be proactive in bullying prevention.

“Next week, we have an organization coming in to do internet safety, cyber-bullying,” said Austin, “as well as regular bullying recognition to all or our students in grades 2-12.”

Shell added that many students have also reached out to him about starting a mentor program for student needs.

We’re told by Austin the student in the video that is accused of bullying is receiving counseling. Austin did not tell us the nature of that student’s discipline.

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