A distressing video was shot of an 11-year-old autistic boy being punched repeatedly in the head by a fellow pupil as he waited for the school bus.
Kaleb Kula has been bullied for years at Elkton Middle School in Elkton, Maryland, according to his parents.
Students can be seen and heard cheering, while another student films the attack and later posts it on his Facebook page.
The film, obtained by a Maryland TV station, shows a student, whose identity has been hidden because of his age, smack punch Kaleb in the face as he stands alone in a driveway.
Another boy can be heard screaming: ‘Yo, beat the s*** out of him!’
The video was viewed dozens of times on Facebook by fellow students before Kaleb’s parents were alerted to it.
Sitting with his parents, Kaleb Kula said he has been threatened and attacked for years at his school. The 11-year-old suffers from a form of autism along with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
He told the TV station: “They call me homosexual. They try kicking me, pushing me, punching me and a lot of other things.”
Kaleb’s father, James, added, “At least kids that don’t have special needs can defend themselves a little bit more. He’s pretty much defenseless.”
James Kula and his wife Jessica said, they have contacted the school numerous times about the bullying but little has been done. Last year, they were given a form to fill out to officially report their son was being attacked.
Jessica Kula says, “I just can’t believe that kids can be so mean.”
Police have charged the boy who hit Kaleb as a juvenile with second degree assault.
While school officials refuse to comment directly on the incident, they claim there are procedures in place to prevent bullying and protect students. Unfortunately, for the Kula family, it seems those alleged procedures didn’t work.