Transcript for Washington Boy, 13, Bullied: Was Teacher Joining In?
We start with shocking video out of washington state. It shows a 13-year-old boy being bullied by students. And this morning, the boy's parents are speaking out, demanding action. Neal karlinsky joins us from seattle with the story. Reporter: George, good morning. To say this boy's parents are worried and upset and worried about their son just doesn't do it justice. They say he's so traumatized by what happened, he can't sleep at night and is now in therapy. His pants on. Reporter: The video, taking by fellow students on their cell phones, of a 13-year-old boy, being dragged around the room, even having a sock stuffed in his mouth, it's so disturbing, it's hard to imagine a fellow student didn't jump in to stop it. What really outrages the boys' parents, is a teacher was there, too. And they say he joined in. I'm dropping my kids off, I'm dropping them off as a parent, sending my kids to a school that's going to take care of them. Reporter: The incident happened in a middle school near tacoma, washington, but is just now coming to light, following an investigation. At times in the video, which goes on for at least 15 minutes, it seems as if the boy is playing along. Do that. Do what eric's doing. Reporter: But a handful of students are also seen writing on his feet, even holding a pillow over his face, and covering him with chairs. The teacher, 18-year veteran, john rossi, seemingly mugs for the phone camera he said he wanted to kill himself. And the kids had blamed him for this popular teacher and the suspension he received. Rossi wrote in a letter to investigators, I can honest by say at the time I did not believe that any of the children were at risk of harm during their interaction. Nor did I view the incident as anything more than harmless childhood horseplay. Memos from the school district, said he avoided losing his job by taking a ten-day suspension. We took significant disciplinary action. Reporter: The parents say that the entire matter is worse since rossi is back at another school. For somebody that could allow this to happen and participate, has no business being in the classroom. Reporter: The school district tells us that other parents are now expressing their concerns about having this teacher, as well. And police are also investigating to determine whether the school district reported this case properly.
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