Editor’s Note: Tim Halko is Kaylee’s Father. Kaylee suffers from Progeria and had multiple Instagram pages created from a classmate and family member. In March of this year, I wrote about the bullying she was facing.
This is the first time the Halkos have shared what the pages looked like and the details of what the school has done. This was posted last night on Facebook.
Written by: Tim Halko
The Anthony Wayne Community has been very big supporters of Kaylee from Day 1. We appreciate everything the community members have done. It does not surprise me to read the article about Myles Eckert, as we feel like we have been totally let down by the school system too. I have attached just a few of the screenshots of the Instagram pages that were created by the kids in the AW school system. I thought about blurring out the profane words, but decided to leave them in so you can see the hatred these kids have towards Kaylee. AW does not consider it bullying that these kids came to school and told other students to go home and check out the pages they created. They also showed them to students on school ground using their phones/ipods, etc. Even after this the kids told the school they would take it down, only to bring them back up a day later and write “utriedhahaha”. The kid in Kaylee’s grade retaliated against kids who stuck up for Kaylee and told kids that eventually she would get what she has coming to her. Again, the school told us these are all separate incidents and does not meet their bullying policy. I have letters from the school telling us why they do not consider it bullying. The first letter we got said one thing. We hired an attorney went in and proved that every thing in their letter was wrong. Then they came up with different reasons.
On top of all this, once we brought all this to the schools attention Kaylee was treated horrible by the school. In the last month of school she was taken to the school nurse because the school thought she had an eating disorder. She has Progeria, that is why she is small and doesn’t eat as much as other kids. Anyone that can’t see that, shouldn’t be working in a school system. She doesn’t have an eating disorder. With about a week left to go in the school year Kaylee was at lunch and was not hungry. The lunch lady forced her to eat to the point that she vomited on her shirt. I have had numerous people tell me they saw this and even a teacher tell us they saw Kaylee in the hall and asked her what happened and that is what she told the teacher.
I have had numerous people come to me with stories of bullying at AW. I have even had other parents come to me with stories about the same boys saying that they have bullied their kids. However, AW doesn’t have an issue with bullying.
We finished up the school year, but there is no way we will ever send Kaylee back to Anthony Wayne. There are so many things they could have done. They could have moved the kid in Kaylee’s grade to another Elementary school in the district, but didn’t. They made Kaylee have to see him every day and listen to him make comments about her in the lunch room. The school has made it very clear to us that they do not want us coming back next year and would rather have this other family in their school system. Maybe if we donated smartboards to the school they would think differently
WARNING: THESE IMAGES CONTAIN NSFW LANGUAGE, ARE HARD TO READ
UPDATE: Kaylee’s father responds to the negativity aimed at Waterville and suggests there may be a pricetag that buys bullies out of trouble.