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Avideo taken at a California high school has gone viral for all the wrong reasons after the footage documented a horrific bullying incident.

The clip, which was filmed at Arvin High School in the town of Arvin, just outside of Bakersfield, California, shows a group of teens taunting a fellow student who is said to have special needs.


Bullies shaved the head of a classmate with special needs at Arvin High School.

The video, which has now garnered over 11.1 million views, was first shared on Twitter. 

“A boy at Arvin high school who has special needs has been being bullied. And yesterday a group of boys brought clippers to the school and shaved patches off of his hair in front of everyone while people recorded and laughed,” the post read.



A group of boys are seen recording as one of their friends shaves the boy’s head, whose name is Javier Santiago. The group laughs as Santiago wipes tears from his eyes. 

The video also shows a security guard at the school laughing among the group.

People were quick to share their outrage under the post. 

“If it's anything like most schools these days, absolutely nothing will happen. Schools all say they're against bullying, and yet they protect the bullies,” one person wrote. 

The fact that not one student stood up for him and put a stop to this. As a bystander, speak up, do the right thing, protect those who can’t protect themselves. Have some balls and stand up for someone who needs it. Do better students,” another user wrote. 


The school district took action against the students. 

After the social media outcry the boy’s school, Arvin High School, shared on Instagram that they were officially taking action against the bullies. 


However, the statement doesn’t mention if any action will be taken against the security guard. 


Santiago’s family spoke out. 

Following the video, Santiago’s mother spoke with Telemundo about the situation, saying she wants those in the video to be held responsible for their actions. 

Santiago’s grandmother also spoke on the situation, saying through an interpreter, “I feel so sad, I was crying. I can't believe this was happening to my grandson.” 

The names of the boys have not been released. 


completely understandable that no kid spoke out to stop this.

a) they didn't want to get beat up

b) an adult security guard did nothing, other than give this fiasco the 'colour of authority'


FIRE THE SECURITY GUARD- their job is to protect the kids-ALL the kids.

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I believe it was Gandhi that said, "The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members." 

If we use this measure then I think we can say that particular sub-group of society is failing, and failing badly.

Of course, the entirety of the story isn't presented here - but my initial reaction was - 'who raises a child to treat others that way'? 

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Unbelievable that some of this garbage actually happens. As someone who was picked on even a bit in middle school, it's hard for me not to lose control of my emotions with stuff like this. Saddens me that none of the kids there were brave enough to step in and defend him, but peer pressure is pretty intense during those years.


Security guard should 100% be fired on the spot.

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Security dude should be fired, kids should absolutely be punished in a meaningful and significant way. The ones performing the act and recording. I understand kids in the vicinity not stepping up, those are tough years and tough ages, peer pressure is a lot. They should be spoken to as well though. 


People kill themselves over this sort of thing, even teenagers and children. I can only imagine how this guy feels, those living with special needs tend to already experience more negative stigma and treatment as is. 

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