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Middle school student branded with ‘fag’ slur on back of his neck by bullies

Mom says latest bullying incident is the 'last straw'
Thursday, March 21, 2013

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A 12-year-old middle school student was branded with a homophobic slur in the latest school bullying incident, in which his mother describes as the “last straw.”

Caylend Childs (top), and screen shot of the back of his neck. The “g” in “fag” was blurred by the TV station.
Image via: KTVI-TV

Caylend Childs, a seventh grader at Mason Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, says that he was resting his head on his desk when bullies wrote “fag” on the back of his neck — in permanent marker.

“He was resting his head on his desk and a boy wrote it on his neck,” said Caylend’s mother, Ruth Childs. “I saw it when he got home and called the school after taking a picture of it.”

Childs said the incident happened on Monday.

KTVI-TV reported that school officials confirmed the incident and said that the students responsible were disciplined.

But Caylend’s mother says the slur on his body was not the worst case of bullying her son has faced at Mason Clark Middle School, she says it’s just the final straw.

Childs said that earlier this year, while Caylend was using the bathroom, another student allegedly ran in and kicked the bathroom stall in — leaving Caylend “soaked with urine.”

“My son has gone from being a…student that loves going to school,” she said, “to he wakes up every morning saying, ‘Mama, I just don’t want to go anymore.’”

In a statement, school officials said each incident has been “investigated and the students responsible were immediately disciplined according to district guidelines.”

But Childs said Caylend been “damaged” by the incidents. “It is heartbreaking for me,” she said.

A video report from KTVI-TV is here.

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  1. okay he wasn’t branded! Saying that made me go shit they burned him!! It’s marker it comes off but SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED!!! AT ALL!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:40pm
  2. this just pissed me the fuck off

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:40pm
  3. “In a statement, school officials said each incident has been “investigated and the students responsible were immediately disciplined according to district guidelines.” yeah way to FAIL at your appointed task!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:41pm
  4. Get your children out of Public Child Prisons!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:41pm
  5. Fucking ridiculous

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:42pm
  6. Damn shame…why the fuck can’t people just leave people the hell alone. If they get so upset about someone’s orientation then it’s their problem…deal with it..just like we try to deal with idiots that want to bully and do harm.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:44pm
  7. Power to the mother! Whats wrong with the authority figures on campus?????? Principle do your job….classmates….where are you?!?

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:44pm
  8. Id be in jail tonight if it were my kid.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:45pm
  9. I live about an hour away from where this happened. This is terrible, I’m so ashamed of my area.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:46pm
  10. that is just so totally wrong and to say that those that did it were “disciplined” obviously did not get the message – if anything, they should have been suspended or removed from the school permanently! If that happened to either one of my kids, I sure as Hell would not blame them if they said they didnt want to return to school!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:46pm
  11. Me too 3:)

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:48pm
  12. Damn!!! : (

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:49pm
  13. @Joseph there’s is more than one definition of the word branded. Websters: “To mark with disgrace or infamy; stigmatize.”

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:50pm
  14. Move to Hawai’i :) We’d love to have you here!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:50pm
  15. This need to stop!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:52pm
  16. Bless his heart. I wish I could talk to him.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:52pm
  17. He may not even be gay.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:53pm
  18. Heartbreaking. No one should have to endure such ignorance!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:54pm
  19. Just. Heinous.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:57pm
  20. Just wrong

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:00pm
  21. Hm. And a majority of black churches instruct their constituents to hate gay people. Shocker.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:00pm
  22. And the teacher was where?

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:01pm
  23. When I was in second grade, my teacher threw a chalkboard eraser at us if we were outta line………things like this need to stop

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:03pm
  24. And yet WE are said to be the ones who are trying to “make” people “accept” us. Please let me know when you hear of a gay person bullying a straight person for being straight….

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:14pm
  25. That is terrible… Don’t let them get you down! One day you’ll be intelligent &grown-up &theyll stay sad & immature.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:19pm
  26. nothing but shame, hatred, and ignorance

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:23pm
  27. This is terrible. I am tired of bullies and to a child. My goodness. I have kids that are just about this age. Breaks my heart.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:24pm
  28. The choice of words they used for the article are waaaaay out of line. Branding? They didnt stick him with a hot metal iron. They shouldvee chosen their words more wisely. I dont agree with the whole bullying thing but they shouldnt mislead others with such outragious titles. I find it odd though how this was only first reported for the gay issue. Most would see it as a racial issue. I guess its how you look at it.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:25pm
  29. She needs to sign him up for Karate!!! Then we’ll see!

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:25pm
  30. What the fuck!?! They wanna play like that then fine I’ll play like that and I bet others will too. Pay back is a bitch and I’ll make it more than a bitch, I’ll be their worst fucking nightmare.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:28pm
  31. I find it funny how the others are responding to this violent act by talking about and wanting to do violent acts :/

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:30pm
  32. No it’s not funny Elliot. Sometimes that is all some people understand.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:36pm
  33. :`(

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:48pm
  34. It won’t get solved through violence. The school might take the bullying more seriously if more parents at the school got involved. I can’t believe that at a middle school there is only one kid getting bullied. It’s the “don’t make waves” attitude among parents that allows administrators to do what they want and sweep incidents like this under the rug. Investigated….my ass. When my son was being bullied, and finally fought back, they were going to suspend him and the bully. I talked with the middle school principal and let her know what had been happening. Although I made other reports…she had no clue.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:49pm
  35. OMG Sounds like mom should picket the dang school board to force them to take action. Every child who had something to do ith should be suspended and lessons will be learned. We wonder why kids retaliate with guns. This poor child deserves to be protected and I hope he gets justice he deserves.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:12pm
  36. These hate crimes need to stop against lgbt.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:54pm
  37. Kasia Siefert

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:07am
  38. :(

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:07am
  39. And that’s when we rose as one community and showed up on their law…right?

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:18am
  40. that is so wrong :( that poor kid.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:23am
  41. I wonder what kind, if any anti-bullying programs this school has in place? If they are doing anything, its obviously NOT enough!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:16am
  42. Where the hell ARE THE TEACHERS??????

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:20am
  43. Omg I

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:56am
  44. Mean people suck.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:26am
  45. This has got to STOP! Be strong baby! God got your back!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:51am
  46. WTF!!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:53am