A 15-year-old boy in Upstate New York alleges that two of his teachers teased him so much about being Canadian that he became depressed, prompting his mother to pull him out of school.
“They’d say things like ‘Canada’s full of communists. They club baby seals. That my opinion doesn’t really matter because I’m a Canadian,’” Noah Kilpatrick said by phone from Watertown, N.Y.
“The first couple times I thought it was joking, and then it just kept going, even after I said, ‘Hey, I’m just as American as you are, I have dual citizenship.’ They still didn’t care and they kept doing it.
Noah was born in the Ottawa area but his family moved to the United States about nine years ago.
“It went on for month, after month,” said Noah’s mother, Tina Kilpatrick, who eventually asked her son to start keeping a log of what was said in the classroom about his nationality.
When fellow students eventually began to follow the teachers’ lead and join in on the bullying, Kilpatrick said she decided it was time to speak to the school’s lead pastor, Mike Bartholomew, who acts as superintendent. She told him that she believed Noah had become depressed as a result of how he was being treated.
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