Bullying Victim Suspended For Fighting Back

School District Has Zero Tolerance Policy For Fighting

A 9-year-old Colorado Springs boy has been suspended from school after his parents said he fought back against a bully.

Nathan Pemberton said he has been bullied by another child at West Elementary for months.

He told KKTV, he got into a scuffle with the boy on Tuesday and was elbowed and punched in the face.

"He was picking me up and he kept slamming me into the ground, into concrete," Nathan told the station.

But this time, Nathan said he had to stand up for himself.

"He elbowed me in the eye so I tried to push him away to where he wouldn't do it again and he kicked me in the back; I punched him in the face then he punched me in the face," Nathan said.

Because of the school’s no tolerance policy, both Nathan and the other boy, were suspended for fighting.

"It now has become to protect the bullies and it's completely unfair," said the boy's mom Deborah Pemberton.

A spokesperson for the school district said the zero tolerance policy says it doesn’t matter what the reason is, if there is a fight and punches are thrown, any child involved is suspended.

The spokesperson added the school is trying to solve the problem by separating the two boys into different classrooms when they return to school on Thursday.

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