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Chicago Girl Says that Bullies Set Her Hair on Fire

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Michelle Obama has repeatedly spoken about how bullying is a serious problem in America.  Kids are attacked by other kids, and the adults around them may not be taking action to protect them.  Sometimes, the bullying can be dangerous and even deadly, and this case is a sad example.

Tatyana Butler was being bullied every day when she started attending Waukegan’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She is a top student, but this only made the bullying worse.   This week, she was mortified by what the bullies tried to do.

On Tuesday, two girls in the eighth grade flicked a lighter behind the girl’s head as she walked to class.   Even though she kept trying to get away, the girls continued to follow her.

“I tried to walk faster but then my head got on fire,” she said. “My friends was like, ‘Tatyana, you hair’s on fire! Your hair’s on fire! and I was like, ‘Are you for real?’ and they just started taking it out.”

The girl said that major clumps of her hair started falling out as a result of the fire.   To her family’s amazement, she was not even allowed to go home.

“They was like, ‘You have to wait. Just write down what happened. I waited … and that’s when [a school official] called my mom,” she said.

Neysha O’Conner, Tatyana’s mother, asked the school to file a police report after the incident.   Unbelievably, the school refused to do so.   That’s when her mother took matters into her own hands and filed the report herself.

“They waited two hours to call me. They didn’t make the report until after told them that I was going to go to the school board and get a lawyer,” O’Connor said. “Then they decide to make a report. I don’t think they handled it well.”

The girls who set Tatyana’s hair on fire were given three-day suspensions.  Of course, her mother is demanding that more be done.  Amazing.

 

202 Comments

  1. mmdccbslm

    May 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    if the victim is black, the ‘authorities’ do nothing. they should be sued.

  2. AL Hill II

    May 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    My quetion is why didn’t the Mother go to the authorities & press charges, this is a police matters

    • Runaway Slavé

      May 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      You have this “quetion”, but starting at paragraph 7 it talks about how she went to the authorities and they dealt with it too slowly. She definitely wants to escalate the situation because her daughter’s safety was compromised.

  3. Donna Miller

    May 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Aare you fn kiddingme??? This is beyond outrageous!! What is wrong with this world? The punishment was not enough! 3 flippin days? No, not acceptable……And the school should be charged for not taking immediate action to make a police report…..this is why these type of things keep happening. I tell you what. If this was my daughter you would hear mybig mouth across the world and I would smear the school nameall over the news This is just not acceptable smh Ugh!

    • COCORAYNE

      May 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      @ DONNA MILLER I AGGREE WITH U.IF IT WAS MY CHILD I WOULD SMEAR IT ACROSS THE WORLD. I WOULD PROTEST ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT IM NOT GOING FOR IT.THR MOTHER NEEDS TO SUE THE SCHOOL BOARD AS WELL AS BOTH PARENTS . AND TO TOP IT OFF THROW THE RATCHETT GIRL IN A MENTALL INSTITUTE FOLLOWING 15 YRS IN JAIL. THAT WILL GIVE THEM PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK. JUST BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT SCHOOL IS FOR

      • Vonnair Sr

        May 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I agree with Donna Miller and COCORAYNE. Looks folks, we spend so much time dealing with political correctness. That is SO NOT the issue. The schools make a big deal about the shirt you wear to school wanting you to cover up the name Jesus so it does not offend when in fact this is a FREE country and you can wear what you want. But when you are setting this babys hair on fire…I mean really? Really?? I’d be suing the school, the parents, everyone who did nothing. Not about the money but about getting back to what really matters and what is right. To this baby who’s hair was set on fire, I am so sorry that happened and you just keep being you because YOU matter and YOU are loved!!

  4. Julia Francois

    May 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I beg u to keep in mind Adults are being bullied every day byvadult bullies. I am bullied daily byva registered dietician and an attorneys wife. Adults dont speak up about their children bullying becauqe they condone such behavior.

  5. Monica Davis

    May 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is not “bullying”: this is assault, possibly attempted murder and those little wenches need to be arrested. We are whitewashing a horrendous act by whitewashing this act and calling attempted murder bullying. And if schools can’t be a place where students can be safe from being attacked, then parents need to be calling cops, suing teachers/administrators individually and the school districts as well. Anyone remember Michael Jackson and hair burning?
    How dare the school minimize this attack?

    • Runaway Slavé

      May 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I agree 100%. Eric Holder is trying to make home school illegal. That’s going to be our only option pretty soon because public schools are proving to be gateways to losing our children.

  6. Louis

    May 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    We just witnessed a black girl get suspended from school for a science experiment gone wrong because she was deemed a threat to the school and student body. However, when a black girl’s hair is lit on fire, the girls get three days? They could have killed this girl!!! Hopefully, more punishment will be dealt out as this is just sickening!!!

  7. Roger

    May 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I hope Miss Tatyana Bulter becomes a spoke person for those who are being bullied…on a national level.

  8. rw

    May 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    The Bible promise an end to crime. PS 37:10,11 And just a little while longer,and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be.

    But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth,
    And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

  9. Robert Lewis

    May 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This happened to a girl at my school about 30 years ago. Both parents were
    called. The mother of the victim and the father of the criminal came up. The father of the bully was so hurt and embarrassed, he almost beat the crap out of his daughter. We had to pull him away from her. He also assigned his daughter to be the bodyguard and protector of the victim. He told the victim’s mother that even if the threat of any kind of harm was directed at her daughter, he wanted to know about it because he would hold his daughter (who was a big girl) personally responsible for it. The mother of the victim was satisfied, case closed. By the way, the bully protected the victim for the next two years. They even became best friends.

  10. hayward powell

    May 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I try to b one of the nicest guys u meet.
    But, mess with a kid..ESPECIALLY MINE, u get to meet BATMAN.
    I’M CALLN THE COPS, FILING A REPORT, & SUING!

    HAD TWO BOYS OLDER THAN MY DAUGHTER BEAT HERBUP ON THE WAY HOME.
    NINE O’CLOCK THE NXT MORNIN, THEIR PARENTS WHERE CRYING N FRONT OF MR & TWO COPS..PRINCIPAL PRESENT!
    DADDY DON’T PLAY THAT!

  11. Michelle B

    May 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Phone:(847) 360-5473

    MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD, CALL!!

  12. Linda M

    May 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This is horrible. The principal, school system and the other 2 parents should all be held accountable. This child could have been killed or seriously injured. 3 days suspension is definitely not the approriate punnishment as this was a crime not a prank or bullying. I am outraged over this as we all should be.

  13. HBCUkidz

    May 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    HURT people are hurting people.

  14. H. James Roseau--Danbury, CT

    May 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Those bureaucratic and incompetent school officials should be fired! Many of them obtained their positions only because of network connections, not because they have demonstrated competency and/or true leadership skills.

  15. The Champion

    May 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Kids are allowed to carry lighters on school property and us it?

  16. Hiroader2

    May 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Here’s AGAIN where the school & law officials go “NAMELESS ” in the media and no ones accountable to the victim’s plight… Here’s another young lady described as a “TOP STUDENT ” and the school officials seemingly fail to act in the best interest of their health & welfare … Though if a student even draws a picture of a gun they’re sent home … I digress on the mean streets USA,.. If you set another person on FIRE!, what’s the “normal ” course of legal action? … Is there something wrong here…

  17. TraceyB

    May 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I sincerely hope and pray that Ms. O’Connor hires an attorney and sues the adults in the school whtried to cover this horrible crime up, the Board of Education so they will never try to cover up yo r anothert as such or drop the ball on anyone being bullied and the students who committed the horrific act. Those girls need a real punishment which involves the Criminal Justice System in order to stop this behavior or at least save someone’s life, like theirs. All bullies need a few days in lock up to see if they are as tough as they think they are. B@stars!

  18. TraceyB

    May 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry for the spelling mistake and extra words. Dumb phone is acting crazy.

  19. Hiroader2

    May 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    These little thug wannabes don’t even get “Maury Show” scared straight bootcamp before they get to sit back into the class seats., The school. & law officials taught them nothing …. Here you might have a so-called “TOP STUDENT ” subject to drop out of school because she’s “distracted ” for social survival …

  20. corbin56

    May 12, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I was wondering how long I could read these remarks before someone quoted an effin bible verse. Wow, this was the longest thus far. Congrats. @topic – Off with the “school official’s” head!!

  21. carolyn m.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This is sick. In Chicago proper this student erratic student behavior occurs daily. Very few students are suspended/expelled. Absence is tied to budget and administrator ratings.

  22. L. Graham

    May 13, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Interesting comments. Indeed I would acquire an attorney to sue the school administration and to force the criminal punishment of the individuals and their parents. But more importantly I would seek a haven for my child’s continued education, growth and protection. She may not survive a second hair burning, or criminal act. Yes, the Bible offers wisdom to handle things with reverence, but it also gives one warnings of when going out among wolves to be as wise as a snake.

  23. MsPeppa

    May 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Donna Miller, you are mild. if it were my daughter, niece or little sister, I would have made sure they called the cops, because they would have been calling them on me. I wood have verbally attacked every authoratative figure in that school and dared them to put their paws on me. If a precious little white girl had been burned like that all hell would have broken loose. And you all now this.

  24. MsPeppa

    May 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Typo:*Would* have

  25. Bee Reon

    May 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    The fire department should show videos of the horror of death by fire to the perpetrators.

  26. Debbee

    May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    It’s not just the schools that are not doing enough. We live in Florida, and about 10 years ago 2 boys jumped my son (around 11 yrs old)and we pressed charges. Then at the hearing the judge threw it out saying,”It was nothing but boys being boys”!

    Now jump to a couple of months ago. My daughter is 12 yrs old, a boy in one of her classes took a pen and rubbed it on something till it was VERY HOT, then grabbed her hand and held it on the back of her hand. It actually left a burn mark. The next day we took her in to school to report it, and the only punishment the boy got was 3 day suspension, and to move my daughter to another class. When we asked why are they moving her instead of the boy, they told us it was procedure to move the one who makes the complaint.!!

    We decided to press charges, and we found out that here in Florida someone committing this kind of act, can not be charged until another act is committed, then they could be charged for stalking.

    So once again my children have witnessed how unfair and unjust our system is. And then people wonder why my children have no trust in the judicial system, from the school official to the president. I thank God that they still have a strong belief in God.

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