In today’s society bullying is a big issue that affects people of all ages. The problem is even more so a problem in schools.
Many young children are affected by bullying on a daily basis and go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has recognized bullying as a serious epidemic and went as far as making a video to give confidence to others to stand up against bullying.
All children should feel safe in their school hallway which is regarded as a safe zone for all students, however Henry Sembdner’s ordeal is clear evidence this is not so. Henry, 12 years old, was attending school at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin, Ill., while walking down the hallway when he accidentally bumped into another student.
After the initial bump the other student turned and aggressively threw Henry on the ground slamming him against the hard surface.
He continued to beat on Henry who struggled to defend himself. Henry suffered many fractures as well as bleeding to the brain from the severe beating he endured. He was placed in an induced coma at hospital due to the risks that occur with swelling around the brain.
Henry was sent to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, one can only imagine how his family felt as they spent the weekend by his side. The school community provided overwhelming support for Henry and his family..
Many of Henry’s classmates and other students wore Chicago Cubs gear in support of him, they were his favourite team. Upon hearing the story it hit a nerve with Anthony Rizzo, Cubs first baseman, taking to twitter inviting Henry to join them for batting practice and a game.
Twitter was filled with encouraging support for Henry with #HenryStrong, many people left encouraging and supportive messages. Henry showed how strong he was, awaking from his coma he was pictured with a smile on his face and was delighted to go be home despite the ordeal he had endured..
Henry’s mother, Karen Sembdner, said in a blog post, “Over the next couple days we will be scheduling follow up visits with 10 different doctors and rest. We are hopeful that we will not have any backslides and will continue to post as the recovery journey unveils.”
Chicago Cubs player Rizzo took to twitter again with a message for Henry. He tweeted, “Glad you are home Buddy. Keep staying #HenryStrong. See you at Wrigley this summer.”
Upon waking and having his breathing tube removed his first words were: “I’m hungry!” For Henry’s mother Sembdner this was a truly moving moment being able to hear her son’s voice again, something she will never again take for granted.
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