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Stewartville students stand up to cyber bullying

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC)-- Enough is enough... That's what a group of students in Stewartville are saying after a recent cyber bullying incident that targeted a mentally disabled boy at the high school.

The young man had been bullied in the classroom before, but when it hit the Internet, it caused some students to finally fight back.

Before, students could leave high school and escape the bullying, but now it's brought home every single night through the Internet.

When Amber Jessel logged into Face book Tuesday she said, "I literally wanted to cry."

Last week during lunch, two Stewartville high schoolers mocked the mannerisms and sounds of a fellow classmate who is mentally disabled. Then they posted that video online.

Jessel says, "They were acting like him, doing his personality and making fun of him and then you had another kid sitting next to him calling him a retard." She then went to the principal, Bruce Hoff.

He forced the boys to take it down but not before it received 36 'Likes' on Facebook within a week.

Jessel says, "It scares me because you never know... They might do it again. They just think it's funny and it hurts bad."

While Principal Hoff says "It's being dealt with," Amber and her friends don't see any real discipline or remorse from the boys who made the video; they were seen mocking that same classmate the day after the video was removed.

Stewartville senior, Tyler Coates says,"Something drastic has to happen for them to realize that what they did was extremely wrong. It was extremely wrong."

They tried to organize a sit-in to raise awareness, but Principal Hoff told them they'd get an hour of detention for every hour they missed class.

Even without a sit-in, they're hoping the bullies can spend a day with the very same classmates they've mocked.

Another Stewartville senior, Brigham Bethke says, "Maybe it will get them to not make fun of them because they're human, they have feelings too. Even though they can't say anything, they can still hear it and still take it to heart."

Principal Hoff wouldn't get into specifics, saying it's a privacy issue, but he did commend the students who came forward about the video.

A group of students are looking to go to the school board to see if more can be done to stop bullying.

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