2 teens charged after student burned by bullies, beaten - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

UPDATE

2 teens charged after student burned by bullies, beaten for tattling

Reinhard Zorko (Source: KPHO-TV) Reinhard Zorko (Source: KPHO-TV)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (CBS5) -

An Apache Junction middle school student could have permanent scars after he says his own classmates burned him on the bus.

Pinal County attorney Lando Voyles announced Monday that he has filed misdemeanor charges against two juveniles in connection to the incident.

The victim's mother is demanding the school protect her son from bullies.

Cactus Canyon Junior High School seventh-grader Reinhard Zorko, 13, has missed school the last couple of days. Instead, he's hanging at his father's auto shop because he's afraid to go back.

"It's hard to be bullied and it hurts," said Reinhard.

Reinhard says the bullying started in February. He finally told the school psychologist he was being hurt on the school bus.

"Cause I got tired of it," he said.

Reinhard says a couple of high school boys used a lighter to heat up the eraser part of the pencil to burn him. It's an act district officials haven't even heard of kids doing until now.

An Apache Junction Unified School District representative said there are cameras on the bus and drivers have a list of kids who are allowed to ride. The alleged bullies were on that list, even though the mother initially said they weren't.

"Shocked, I was appalled someone in high school was actually harming my son who's in junior high on the bus and that there wasn't safer transportation being provided for our children," said Pamela Zorko.

She called the police and the school about the situation. They started investigating. But even after all that, Reinhard says he was beaten up again on Monday after school for tattling.

He says it happened after he got off the bus.

"We want our students to feel safe on our campuses. Can we say with 100 percent certainty that we're going to be able to do that? No," said Rep. Brian Kilgore. He said three students were disciplined. The school's punishment for bullying can be anywhere from detention to expulsion.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Inside WLBT.comMore>>

  • SIDEBAR: Anti-bullying links

    SEARCH CBS5AZ.COM: Stories about bullying LINK: AZ anti-bullying initiative LINK: The Cyberbully Board Game LINK: Sears anti-bullying campaign LINK: Severson Sisters on Anti-bullyingMore >>
    SEARCH CBS5AZ.COM: Stories about bullying LINK: AZ anti-bullying initiative LINK: The Cyberbully Board Game LINK: Sears anti-bullying campaign LINK: Severson Sisters on Anti-bullyingMore >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly