A third-grade boy was suspended from his elementary school on Wednesday for fighting back against a known bully who was continually picking on him. The boy had red marks on his face to prove he was hit by the bully before the fight even started. When 9-year-old Nathan Pemberton from Colorado Springs, Colorado was asked what happened, he simply replied, “Got suspended.”
With red marks on his face to prove he was struck by another student, Nathan did elaborate a little more on the incident by saying, “One kid kicked me in the back, then punched me in the face. Then I punched him in the face, and then I got in trouble.”
Meanwhile, Nathan’s mother is not upset over the fact that he stood up to the boy who’s been picking on him each week.
“Finally, yeah, we told him, if you have to, if there’s nobody else around, you do what you have to do,” his mother, Deborah Pemberton, says.
A school spokesperson released a statement indicating that the district has a “no tolerance student discipline policy. If a student is involved in a physical altercation on school property, they are automatically suspended.” Adding, “District 11 schools employ many anti-bullying teaching techniques … and none of these methods include violence or retaliation.”
“Well the school had told us and told him as well, just walk away. Walk away, find a teacher,” says the mother. “Well, when those things happened, and he did find a teacher, there was hardly any repercussions.”
The other boy accused of being the bully was also suspended.