Family Speaks Out About Autistic Son Bullied at School

Clarissa Soliz Gamez says her 4th grade, 11-year old son, Jeremiah, is constantly teased at school for being different.
By Anne Parker
aparker@kamc.tv

Plains, TX-- Today is World Autism Day, and a mother in Plains, TX who says her 11-year-old autistic son is bullied at school, reached out to KAMC News as a last resort.

"Since October it started, the not wanting to go to school," Clarissa Soliz Gamez said about her son constantly being teased at school.

Jeremiah Gamez was diagnosed with autism last year and soon after, he transferred to Plain ISD Elementary.

There, he excels in a one-on-one special education 4th grade classroom, but P.E. with the other kids is a different story.

"Whatever they can think of they've called him," Clarissa said. "He said, 'Mama people don't like different, the kids at school don't like different.'"

Jeremiah's parents have taught him how to cope at school.

"He doesn't understand it... because his mentality is of a 6-year old," she said. "He's not gonna fight back no matter what."

But when Jeremiah gets home from school, he lets it all out.

"He asked me, 'Mama can I take a pill, I said for what why do you want to take medicine? And he said no, can I take a pill for my brain so my brain can be better, I can be like the other kids.'"

Clarissa says she has gone to Plains school several times, and they do try to help, but the problem just continues.

"They've tried, everything, they've tried," Clarissa said. "These kids are just relentless, they just pick on him."

Clarissa knows her son isn't alone and hopes Plains ISD and other schools learn from Jeremiah's story and start educating both students and parents about how to treat kids that are a little different.

"I wish they would donate their time either about autism,  bullying special needs, bullying, anything. I wish somebody would donate their time to come to the school to teach the kids because I really think it's getting out of hand. Just because they are different doesn't make them any less than what we are."

KAMC News did reach out to Plains ISD and they tell us every single bullying case is different.

But they do have a strict policy that prohibits bullying on campus, this includes name calling, taunting and teasing.

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