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Bolich Middle School Students Protest Emily Deyoung Bullying Incident

Over 100 students gathered outside the school on Wednesday morning to demand that school officials go to greater lengths to protect students against bullying.

Over 100 students gathered this morning to protest the manner in which a bullying incident was handled between

They also were displeased over a sixth grader, who, students say, was expelled from for 80 days for retaliating against students who bullied him. 

To quell the protest, students were told by principal John Musat that Bolich will hold weekly forums to address bullying issues, said Phyllis Moore.

According to students, seventh grader Jasmine Moore organized the protest and entered the building when school officials began to acquiesce to their demands. 

Several other students followed suit and returned to class. However, about 30 protestos remained outside to continue the protest.

"We're here because the school doesn't listen to us," said Bolich student Logan Larlham. "Bullying won't go away and neither will we."

Check back with Cuyahoga Falls Patch for further updates as this story continues to unfold. 

Editor's Note: This story misidentified a parent of the expelled student. We regret the error.

Principal John Musat couldn't immediately be reached by phone for comment. 


Kelly Ashworth March 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I just think that it is funny that parents are freaking out, about one day of school being missed in order for something to happen that needs to. Very. Sad.
Kelly Ashworth March 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
@Kyndal Sutton; You sure are a great role model for everybody, mouthing off to a kid and bashing the kid's relatives? You should be ashamed. And even more ashamed that a kid like me can see that you have no place to talk.
susanne Moran March 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
You are missing the point here, These kids are scared and are asking for help. What is wrong with that? If you don't see this as a cry for help and showing they really , really did the grown-up's help , then you better start listening and watching what is going on in your home. Bullies are looking for attention good or bad, so just maybe you need to look around you and see if there is someone close to you that needs your attention.
LeAnn aka Cat Valentine March 14, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I was there it was amazing I was so proud I was standing up because I get bullied my brother was going to commit suicide bc of bullies and its sad it really is my sister gets bullied and I don't know why sometimes she crys because she has know friends and I'm just proud of every One today I told mr mucat my story about my. Brother and he really said a little bit I wanted to cry but thanks peaceful protest
John Deike March 14, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Hey Logan, if you have the time, please upload as many pics as you like to this article. Just make sure you're signed in to Patch and click the add photos tab above the article headline.
alexis March 14, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Hey guys its alexis we were doing it for us to inprove not to skip class we have rights to do it but if you do it just for skipn class your not smart we stand up and fight for are safty and we need to keep doing it till they listen and speak to us.
amber gainer March 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
ya .. i live in cuyahoga falls and im very good friends with some of bolichs students .. and i hope that this act of bravery will open the eyes of other school districts . these things go on everyday to other students and no one ever takes them serious.. maybe they will now
Janet March 14, 2012 at 09:43 PM
hey Alexis sounds like you should of been in class learning proper English and spelling not protesting.
Jasmine Moore March 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@ Kyndal Sutton. All I was saying is that if nothing changes (for the better) we will organize something else. Positively! I was not making a threat I was simply making a statement.
Rebecca Houser March 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Jasmine, I am completely with you. I love yoou Jasmine and forget ALL this people that say you are doing wrong because you aren't. We were tought to stick up for what we believe in. Good Job. -Becca Houser
Macie March 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
@Janet, no ne3d 2 b rUd3 . w3 r @L/ v3Ry 3dU(a+3d. <3
Susan Ruiz Patton March 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
@Phillis, We apologize for the error and we have corrected the article.
Susan Ruiz Patton March 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
To all, This is an important debate and we want to encourage civil discourse. However, remember there are adults and children in this comment stream. Adults - let's set a good example and be civil with one another. Personal attacks are not permitted and will result in termination of site privileges. Susan
Logan Larlham March 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
done thanksss
Logan Larlham March 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
and as American i believe that we have the right to protest if we find something happening that upsetting. This page is not setup to bash The students or the relatives of the students. That is a perfect example of where bullying comes from. It is greatly influenced from those around you. If you realize it or not the Yoda comment could be considered bullying and i would personally like to see you and ur unneeded comments removed from this forum. They are not constructive but aggressive and attacking.
Logan Larlham March 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
@michelle with all due respect i posted all the pictures i owned because it showed what happened at the school today. Only posting certain pictures would only show part of the issues and would not fully express the protest. In all honestly the majority of the students went back into the school through the course of the day. and as u look through my pictures you can see how we have slightly less and less people holding up signs. Logan
Haley Nicole Snyder March 15, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hey it's haley and i just wanted to say that we stood up for our friend and we wont back down until something more severe is done than a one day on school. I'm sorry if you think were the bullies, cuz were not. I go to the school and waS part of it. We stood out there to prove we want change and that the school NEEDS TO LISTEN. They werent paying attention before and this is why we did this- to bring attention to things that were being ignored. And to Mrs. Sutton, im not being a brat but were kids and we shouldnt be scared to go to school. I also think if you were in our situation youd do the same thing. Why? because you have NO idea what's happened in our school.We know what needs to be done, and that's what will be done in a non-agressive way.
Haley Nicole Snyder March 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I agree with Logan. this was not set up to bash the students for protesting. We had the right to our views and we already did it so its tooo late. We did it to stop taking htings lightly and not taking them into all seriousness. They didnt listen and were hoping that they now keep their word a make a change. I will be going to all the weekly forums and i will stand by this. it's what i believe in. CHildren should feel SAFE in their environment, not scared. So if you would all please stop yelling at us. I do believe you told us when we were younger to stand up for what we believ in and to not back down. That's what we did so, please just stop with the rude comments towards us.
Logan Larlham March 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
i believe that it exactly. We are always told to stand up for what we believe in.We will not back down. I hope that is not taken as a threat because it is not. We just believe that something needs to be done so we have done a constructive action to stop bullying in our school system. I thank our supporters for understanding our issues.
Khari Johnson March 15, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I like the picture with this article.
Luvmyqts March 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
AMEN LOGAN!!! =)
Julie March 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I agree Kelly!
Wanda Minor March 15, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I don't see anything wrong with Emily telling a mean kid to stop calling her friend fat. She shouldn't have to report that to a teacher. My son told me, very matter-of-factly this evening, that we WONT stop bully's- we can only stop letting them bully us. I heard someone say today that teaching kindness and compassion- and consequences, from day 1 of kindergarten is the only way to combat the behavior. Nothing could be truer. That said- This issue with Emily isn't a bully incident. It's at least menacing and the local police need to start taking a more active role in the theft and violence in our schools. Action, in addition to consequences, speaks louder than words. I do think the protesters should have went back in after lunch. If they wanted to make a statement they should have made it to the people that need to hear it, not to vehicles driving by.
Danielle Deyoung March 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Wanda the police are working on Emily's case. We receive a call from them while we were at the school yesterday. Now it is in the prosecutors hands. Yes the wheels of justice move slow. And in these kind of cases it is not easy for them to prove a case of menacing. But thanks to detective Pipes and his partner we are moving forward. I only hope that the prosecutor works just as hard on our daughters behalf. And I hope he/she decides to follow through.
michelle March 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
i see you left little miss kyndal i will give say ( can,t take the heat get out of the kitchen! so i see you did!
Courtney Moore March 16, 2012 at 09:36 AM
My Name is Courtney Moore and I am Jasmine's mother. This is to any one that feels the need to speak to her and I wont name any names (real or fake) because you know who you are. Any one that knows Jazz knows what a polite, well spoken and kind girl she is. Her and Christina started this protest not just for one student(although our hearts and prayers go out to the DeYoung Family) this was for any student that has ever been bullied who's voice was not heard. It was to make the school and the district aware that they(the students) wanted tougher consequences for the bullies. I am very sad to see the few parents that are putting the protest down saying it was the wrong way to do it.. I don't see you standing up letting your voices be heard, you are sitting down behind a computer and a fake name bashing children for taking a stand on a POSITIVE thing called change. I am very pro-active with both of my children and what goes on in their school, I will be a constant force when it comes to my children's safety in and outside of school. I teach both of my children to treat others kindly, I know they are not perfect by any means, but I will tell you I am sure proud of the young adults they are turning out to be.. In closing I hope to see and HEAR alot of you at the next meeting, so we as a community can come together and help out children's voices not be silenced.
phyllis moore March 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Courtney i was so proud of Jazzy, What she did was an awesome thing if we could get all kids to make a stand maybe they would finally listen. Jazzy is so very polite so if you dont know her then maybe you should take a minute to get to and see what a fantastic young lady she is.
Courtney Moore March 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thanks Phyllis.. I am just so frustrated with some of these parents for bashing these kids and what they did. I don't want to bash anyone, but it seems to me the ones that are agianst what these kids did, either don't have kids or thier kids are part of the problem. I am so proud of Jazz she is a awesome kid and I am so lucky to be her mom.
Erin Kelly March 16, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hey that was the best day ever!! we standed up for our rights and almost got what we wanted. but they need to do something about bullying !!!
Logan Larlham March 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
im happy that there are parents who understand what the kids go through everyday. I am proud to say after the protest the students are watched alot more and there is always staff in the hallways to monitor the activities of the students. im proud we made a difference

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