A Delaware middle school student facing bullying and ridicule was forced to change his last name.
The 11-year-old, named Joshua Trump, was targeted by classmates at Talley Middle School even though he is not related to President Donald Trump, WPVI reported.
School officials agreed to change the young boy’s name in their system after a meeting with his parents, who brought attention to the problem after complaining that the Brandywine School District was not addressing the bullying.
“They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid,” his mother, Megan Trump, said.
“He was getting ridiculed and bullied for the fact that his last name was Trump,” Bobby Berto, Joshua’s father, said.
The bullying did not begin at Talley Middle School, however, but started at the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign when then-candidate Donald Trump began his bid for office.
“I pulled him out of school and homeschooled him for a year,” his father said.
As Joshua headed into middle school, his parents believed things would get better and met with teachers and school officials to discuss the issue.
“I do know the teachers were aware of the last name, and I know in speaking with the student that the teachers do their very best to try not to say his last name,” Talley Middle School Principal Mark Mayer said.
Unfortunately, the ridicule and bullying did not end.
“He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time, and he doesn’t want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that’s scary,” his mother shared.
Mayer noted that an investigation was launched after a recent meeting with the boy’s parents, leading to the discipline of five students who were identified as having harassed Joshua.
“They were apologetic and they did say that they were sorry,” the principal said.
Mayer met with the boy’s parents again last week and a decision was made to change Joshua’s last name to his father’s name in the school system, according to WPVI. The school is also working on providing him with extra support so any future bullying can be reported.
Twitter users expressed their outrage over the hatred even as liberals declare “tolerance” and “inclusion.”
People can be scum…and remember, these bullying kids learn this crap from their parents…. https://t.co/Vw024zEnVH
— houstonfc (@houstonfc) December 12, 2018
This is outrageous. This is what happens when a President is demonized constantly by every aspect of society. This is the fault of the media.
— Kent Brockman ?? (@KentBrockman13) December 12, 2018
Bullying by the same people that want “safe spaces” for themselves. So who’s deplorable now?
— Geo From Delco (@bb1wackbag) December 12, 2018
I personally think it’s outrageous this child has to change his name due to bullying. I feel sorry for this student and his family. I fault the school district and their shortcomings in getting this bullying stopped. This school let this student down. Enforce your policies.
— maggie ☘️?? (@MaggieMac56) December 12, 2018
Hate and intolerance starts in the home, these small children are learning and emulating what they see. How sad for this child
— Kim McGowan (@KimMcGowan28) December 12, 2018
Bullying because he shares the same surname as @realDonaldTrump…
How low is that?
Rather than changing the child’s name, how about expelling the bullies? Thought there was “no place” for hate…https://t.co/gz1WDV2Hks
— QDrops App (@qdropsapp) December 12, 2018
I’m obviously not a fan of Donald Trump but this kid shouldn’t be bullied just because he has the same last name.https://t.co/lvfcLzeR4i
— Dave Matt (@davematt88) December 12, 2018
The teachers could have done something to change the outrageous idea that having a last name the same as our president is a bad thing. They could’ve talked about the successful life of Donald Trump & his big ideas for a better country, many of which are already working out great.
— Right Side Up (@AnnieGP98) December 13, 2018
I see nowhere in the code of conduct where it says the student has to change his name for being bullied pic.twitter.com/UrPrcSqT6v
— angrycdn (@angrycdn) December 13, 2018
This is so sick.
— Christopher Crossland (@HeartlandChris) December 13, 2018
Mr.President, this young boy was bullied so bad he changed his name.
Is there anyway you can have him at the White House?
I will cover his air fare!
— Noah Ring (@TheNoahRing) December 13, 2018
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