Bullied Del Norte High School student caught on camera

A 10th grader claims other students called him a ‘terrorist’ and called him ‘Gandhi’.

SAN DIEGO — CBS 8 is scrambling to get answers, after the family of a 10th grader showed us videos of apparent bullying at Del Norte High School at 4S Ranch.

The student and his family feel that the 15-year-old is being targeted by other students because he is of Afghan origin.

One of the cellphone videos was recorded on campus and shows a female student pushing the boy during a confrontation.

CBS 8 is not identifying the students involved because they are underage and the family asked not to be named.

“I’m Afghan-American and I feel like it’s definitely based on racism because I’m treated differently than everyone else,” the Del Norte High student said.

He claimed the harassment had been happening for eight months and continued off campus during lunch breaks.

Another cellphone video was taken outside a nearby restaurant, where a student can be seen rushing at the boy and trying to get him to fight.

“What part of ‘I’m not fighting you’ don’t you understand?” shouts the boy. “I’m not fighting you here.”

“He started coming up to me and saying, ‘Yo, we’re fighting.’ I told him I’m not fighting, you back off. And he kept insulting me. He spat at me. He threw a bottle at my head,” the boy told CBS 8.

He said a small group of Del Norte students are responsible for it.

“When I walk down the halls, this bunch of kids always call me a terrorist or they shout insults at me, like they’re randomly calling me ‘Gandhi’ for some reason,” he said.

In another video, the boy used his own mobile phone to record an altercation in the school locker room.

“They were laughing at me. They insulted me, called me a fag,” the student said.

The boy’s mother said she met with the school principal and deputy principal, but the harassment continues.

“Every time we came to talk to them, they said they would do something, but they didn’t do anything,” the mother recalls.

“I’m scared that one day something big will happen. I don’t want anything physical to happen or anything really bad to happen,” the mother said.

CBS 8 spoke with Del Norte High administration and emailed the Poway Unified School District.

A district spokesperson emailed us the following statement attributed to Del Norte High School Principal Bryan Schultz:

“Del Norte High School takes every incident of harassment or bullying that is reported to us very seriously. Each such incident was thoroughly and immediately investigated and consequences were issued in accordance with the Code of education and PUSD policy. The school communicates and works directly with all families of students involved in every incident under investigation. Although we cannot share the consequences publicly due to confidentiality of minors involved, we can assure you that each incident is handled appropriately by site and district staff. We work extremely hard to create a safe learning environment for all of our students.”

The boy’s parents told CBS 8 that school officials tried to separate the students involved, both during school hours and during lunch periods.

But the boy said he was still in close contact with other students and remained concerned about his safety.

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Martha K. Merrill