11-year-old boy forced to change his last name 'Trump' because of bullying
Joshua Trump is an 11-year-old student at a Delaware school. He isn’t related to the controversial President Donald Trump but that hasn’t stopped fellow students to bully him because of his last name.
In order to deal with the continued abuse, the child’s parents have chosen to change his last name at the school.
Joshua Trump’s bullying situation wasn’t being taken seriously by the Brandywine School District so his parents, Megan Trump and Bobby Berto decided to reach out to ABC Action News. Joshua has been bullied since Donald Trump began running for office.
His mother said:
"They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid.”
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The boy’s father added:
"He was getting ridiculed and bullied for the fact that his last name was Trump.”
Berto added, "I pulled him out of school and homeschooled him for a year.” However, since Joshua was going to middle school this year, his parents thought things would change.
They even went out of their way to meet with school officials and teachers to explain to them about their son’s past problems. The principal of Talley Middle School, Mark Mayer is fully aware of the situation.
"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.”
However, the bullying never stopped. Joshua’s mother revealed:
"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.”
The school’s principal recently had a meeting with Joshua's parents and there was an investigation launched. Subsequently, five students were identified and disciplined.
Mayer also reported that the five students apologized. The school has since agreed to change Joshua's last name to his father's name in their system.
They’re also going to provide the young boy with extra support to allow him to feel comfortable and safe in reporting any future incidents.
Speaking about bullying, first lady Melania Trump revealed in October that she felt she was one of the most bullied people in the world. She also revealed that she informed the president that there were people in his administration she didn't trust who worked for him.
Melania has a campaign that is part anti-bullying called “Be Best.”