A disturbing video of a bullying incident near Grand Junction High School made rounds on social media Monday afternoon prompting an investigation within the school district.
NewsChannel 5 chose not show the video because it involved minors.
In the video, one of the teens runs away and says he wants to kill himself. The Grand Junction Police Department says they have contacted the victim and that he is alright. They have also contacted the teen who appears to have instigated the incident in the video.
Below is a statement that was released on School District 51’s Facebook:
It has come to our attention that a disturbing video that appears to show students involved in an altercation at Sherwood Park is being shared on social media. The behavior in this video is unacceptable and irresponsible on campus or off in a county that has experienced so much pain and sorrow due to the loss of several young people in the last year and a half. The incident is being investigated, and the perpetrator will be dealt with based on the outcome of the investigation. The student so many of you have shown compassion for tonight has been checked on and is OK.
Thank you to all who reported the video and made sure it got into the right hands. It’s heartening to know that so many people chose not to be bystanders and felt it was safe and important to tell someone.
If you ever see, hear, or otherwise become aware of bullying, assault, harassment, suicidal ideation, fighting, threats, or any other troubling behavior, please report it immediately to Safe2Tell by calling 1-877-542-7233, submitting a tip at safe2tell.org, or downloading the Safe2Tell texting app from the Google Play or Apple app stores. Safe2Tell is free, anonymous, and available 24/7. Tips go directly to the people who can help most in these situations – law enforcement, school administration, and the D51 Security Team.
The Grand Junction Police Department also released a statement on its Facebook page:
We want to thank our community for the outpouring of concern that has been shown for the young man who was bullied in the video that was shared on social media today. Dozens of people have reached out to the police department to ensure we were aware of it. We’re proud to serve a community who doesn’t tolerate bullying. We have been in contact with the victim and ensured his safety. We have also been in contact with the suspect, although Colorado Open Records law limits the sharing of criminal justice information in regards to juveniles.
We take bullying seriously, and want to take this opportunity to encourage young people to report this kind of behavior to a trusted adult, whether that be a parent, a teacher, or law enforcement. You are not alone, and there is help available to you.