Hope Holcomb, 10, of Canton, Ohio, who suffers from cerebral palsy, already had a challenging journey to school. Last year, her 9-year-old next-door neighbor began taunting her by imitating her walk as they approached the bus. Hope was miserable and “cried every morning,” says her mother, but she toughed it out.
This year, the boy’s dad finally got involved — but not to chew out his son and make sure his innocent neighbor could get to school without being harassed. Dad William Bailey is actually joining in, bullying Hope every morning by surrounding her and walking slowly with a limp until she cries.
“Bad child-rearing” doesn’t even begin to cover this.
Hope’s grandmother caught some of their antics on video.
Bailey refused to speak to MyFOX8, but his wife explained to the news channel that there was beef between the two families and that while father and son were walking funny, they weren’t doing it to mock Hope’s disability.
“He did get out of the car; you’ve seen the video I am sure. My kid was walking like … but no offense to Hope, so why they are taking it that way, I have no idea,” Vickie Bailey said.
No criminal charges have been filed, but Hope’s parents, Mike and Tricia Holcomb, visited the Canton Municipal prosecutor’s office Monday afternoon. The prosecutor plans to “review all the reports” before determining whether they should take legal action.
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