Mother cries after son with cerebral palsy kicked in chest at school

“I cried when I saw that because it’s like ‘Wow.’ How can kids be that cruel?” Margaret Wooding, the mother of Isaiah Wooding, said.

Isaiah Wooding, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy and said some students tend to pick on him. Video posted on social media Friday showed the most recent act of bullying. A student was ready and recording Friday morning, waiting, as Isaiah Wooding turned a corner in the hallway of Penn Hills High School and captured another student kicking him in the chest.

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“I got kicked in the chest. I fell backwards and hit my head,” Isaiah Wooding said. “I was kind of hurt, embarrassed.”

His mother said she’s angry about the whole incident. She said Isaiah Wooding suffers from seizures, and she’s grateful the kick to his chest didn’t trigger a medical emergency. 

“It’s not just one person, it affects everybody, and people should know that. People should have consideration and thoughtfulness of how hurtful things are,” Isaiah Wooding said.

His mother said she sees the situation as a teachable moment for everyone.

“Speak up, you don’t have to fit in and be like everybody else. If something wrong is going on, everyone is responsible,” Margaret Wooding said.

Calls and emails sent to Penn Hills School District officials were not immediately returned Friday.

According to Pennsylvania’s most recent Safe Schools Report, between two and four yearly incidents have been reported at the Penn Hills High School over the past three academic years.

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