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Students come to aid of bullied special-needs student at David Douglas High

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Sean-Michael Warner, a sophomore at DDHS, is one of several students who reported the bullying. Sean-Michael Warner, a sophomore at DDHS, is one of several students who reported the bullying.
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A special-needs student at David Douglas High School was bullied outside of her home, and the heartbreaking incident was recorded and posted online for all to see.

The video first popped up on Facebook after the student responsible for recording it shared it with his friends.

"I mean, that's the kind of stuff that makes people want to kill themselves, being teased like that," said Sean-Michael Warner, a sophomore at DDHS.

Warner said the victim, someone who he calls a friend, is a special-needs student at DDHS and is sensitive to sounds. He said the bully knew that and ambushed her when she was outside.

"They were running around, and they were videotaping her while making clicking sounds with their tongue, and they were calling her mean names," Warner said.

Warner was so angered by what he saw, he turned the video into DDHS administrators.

And it turns out, he wasn't the only one.

"I know a lot of people did report it," said Brittany Feroben, a senior. "I mean being a senior at school, and seeing people get picked on, especially the mentally ill, it wasn't OK."

The district said so many students at the high school were outraged by what they saw on Facebook, dozens ended up reporting the bullying to their teachers.

"I was surprised how many people stood up against it," Warner said. "It was nice to see how many people were sticking up for her, and not letting people do that to her."

Administrators said it was because of the students who came forward that they were able to learn who the bully was.

The video has since been pulled from Facebook.

"I hope they get kicked out of the David Douglas School District. I don't want kids like that coming to this high school. That's not cool," Warner said.

According to administrators, the male student goes to a different school within the district. His parents and school resource officers are reportedly now involved in the situation.

Administrators would not comment on any specific disciplinary actions at this point, other than to say they are dealing with the situation.

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