According to his mother, the young man attended Northview High School the first nine-weeks of the 2011-12 school year.
"I pulled him out of school after several incidents," the mother said. "The only thing the school did to try to keep (him) safe was to have him wait until the bell rang after passing period for him to be in the halls, but he still met other boys in the hallway trying to hurt and bully him. So, we are doing homebound studies now."
Since the alleged bullies can no longer meet the young man at school, they've brought their personal "wars" to local neighborhoods and streets.
"It's gotten so he's afraid to walk to the gas station or go to the grocery store," the mother said. "He didn't go to the Stargazer's Ball because they were waiting for him and told him if he came they would jump him."
Bad turned to worse recently when the boy was attacked in the home of a peer, he'd assumed was a friend.
"They hit me over the head with a ball bat several times, made me drink vodka and stole my phone and shoes," the young man told The Brazil Times. "They gave me the phone back, but the SIM card is missing, and they said if I want my shoes back, I've got to fight them."
After the incident, the mother got the police involved, and according to law enforcement officials, an investigation was conducted.
However, according to police reports there was not enough evidence to create a solid case against the alleged juveniles.
Tucker told The Brazil Times that last year alone NHS reported 54 incidents of what was considered by school faculty and staff to be bullying.
"Normally, higher numbers of these incidents are reported by middle schools, but we only saw six reports of bullying at North Clay (Middle School) and 34 incidents of verbal and/or physical misconduct, which could be considered bullying," Tucker explained. "We are working to revise discipline codes, and we are in the process of implementing a program called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)."
Tucker added, "We have a team of administrators practicing this right now, and Bonnie Ave has been training (school professionals about PBIS) since June of 2011. We need to have more intentional codes for reporting bullying incidents."
Tucker also told The Brazil Times there is only so much the school can do, and that parents have to help too.
"If two students get into a fight during the weekend and bring it into the school, we have no clue what went on because we weren't there," Tucker said. "The schools codes aren't the only thing that need to be fixed. Society is going to have to be fixed too ... We can't seem to contain things like cyber bullying and social media."
She also indicated students who conduct themselves inappropriately will receive punishment depending on the severity of the incident including in-school and out-of-school suspensions, as well as Friday schools or even expulsion.
Tucker said both parties involved in a bullying incident should receive education and counseling.
"The kids should be able to work through their issues and learn about respectful and responsible behavior and tolerance," Tucker said. "We can give more info to students and parents to protect themselves and their children. Having an adult presence is the greatest single deterrent."
Romas said he approaches bullying with caution when an incident is reported.
"No student should come to school and face harassment from anyone, period. Bullying is a hot ticket item for me because of its cruel and senseless nature," Romas said. "It is not difficult to detect bullying in the school setting. Bullying possesses a consistency of behavior and method from normal daily interactions with peers. It is usually one person instigating ways of tormenting someone who appears different or vulnerable."
Romas added bullying behaviors range from verbal heckling to physical harm such as shoving or tripping someone.
"In my experience, the victim usually has experienced more than one episode before making a report. Often when a victim is sited by a teacher or administrator, he or she will deny the episode for fear of further bullying," Romas told The Brazil Times.
He also said there is no standard form or rule to deal with bullying in general, and that it is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
"If a student reports he or she is being bullied at Northview, a follow-up investigation takes place," Romas said. "I have learned to be careful in my determined approach with bullies, so I do not bring down greater harm to the victim. For instance, it would obviously be stupid to give the bully details of the person with complaints against him/her. We research the problem by finding witnesses and calling parents."
In addition to revising disciplinary codes and implementing corporation-wide behavior modification programs, Romas also meets with a group of approximately 60 students, 15 from each grade respectively, once a month to discuss student issues, including bullying.
The group is called the Principal's Advisory Board.
Romas said bullying is not an easy conflict to tackle or understand.
"It is easy to point fingers and say one person or institution is not doing its job because 'bullying' exists," Romas said. "The truth is much more compelling and misunderstood. It is impossible to turn a blind eye to the problem and yet, even with well established guidelines and practices, it can still happen. If I had my wish, I would want every student to treat others as he or she would like to be treated. However, that dream is obviously unrealistic because all children are raised individually with a multitude of varying values."
For more information on strategies to recognize and prevent bullying visit www.empoweringparents.com or contact the CCS office at 443-4461 or the local school for help.