He had confessed to his mom about the bullying he was suffering at school but no one had expected such a grave end.
Bullying in any manner is a mere display of power over the weaker ones by those who do not know how to stand tall in a society with dignity and pride. It often leaves the victims either seriously injured or mentally scarred for life. In a similar incident, an innocent 16-year-old boy is left fighting for his life.
Neo Hobbs of Elko, Nevada suffered serious injuries to his head after a ghastly attack by a bully on January 17, 2019. He ended up with a fractured skull along with a bleeding brain. It would take him months to function normally again. While no individual or individuals have been found guilty for the act, the school is trying its best to cover up the incident.
According to Fox 13 News, Neo’s mother Sandra Davidson revealed that her son had been complaining about the bullying he had been enduring at school. Tearfully explaining the situation, she said, “This boy was saying stuff about him, and I told Neo, ‘Just ignore it.’ He says, ‘I am, mom. The best I can.'” She also recalled her son’s fear of the unidentified bully. She tried to help Neo but he feared that outing the bully’s name would only worsen his situation.
Sandra remembers the day she got the call from Neo’s school. They said Neo injuries were so grave that he had to take to a hospital in Elko. “All I know is, he was hit,” she said. He was then flown to Salt Lake City for brain surgery as a CAT scan revealed that his brain was bleeding.
While Neo’s family believed that the bully was behind Neo’s tragic situation, the Elko High School’s district superintendent maintained that the alleged attack was actually a confrontation between the two kinds which involved just punches and a fall. But the life-threatening injuries suggested otherwise.
The doctors insisted that the injuries couldn’t have occurred without an intense impact. The force was so much that not only did it leave the brain bleeding but it also shifted it inside the skull. A fistfight and a fall are not enough to cause such injuries. “He had to have been hit with something,” said the doctors. Sandra said, “You send them to school, and you shouldn’t have to worry about your kids going to school. Especially about something like this.”
Following the horrendous incident, Neo slipped into a coma and spent 12 days in the ICU at Primary Children’s Hospital before being moved to the trauma unit. It’s going to be a long painful journey for the family as well. “He has to have a lot of physical therapy. He has to learn how to walk, talk, brush his teeth, and feed himself. He has to learn all that over again,” said a devastated Sandra. He was very close to finishing school and now he has to start from the beginning. The family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for further treatment of Neo.
What better example would the schools need than Neo’s case where the bullying got so severe that he was left with the brain injury and he’s fighting to stay alive. How much more dangerous can it be? The increasing number of bullying cases require strict protocols and practical solutions to be implemented in all schools.