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Dad of bullying victim speaks out

Three Allen High School students are facing charges after bullying video surfaced

Dad of bullying victim speaks out

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - School board member David Zimmerman says he felt one thing after watching a video of three alleged bullies picking on his son and two other students as they played cards in the cafeteria at Allen High School.

"Sick, sick because I guess I never thought that kids would have that level it would appear to me, that level of hate, that they were capable of that," said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says after his son showed him the video that had been posted on Facebook he immediately contacted school officials and other members of the school board.

"I sent the video to them and I explained to them that we've always been losing students to charter schools and there's such an issue with the dropout rate," said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman then emailed the video to the Allentown Police Department.

The three students, two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old, are now facing charges of harassment and ethnic intimidation.

"What was said to my son is incredible," said Zimmerman.

"It has nothing to do with my position of being on the board it's that this was caught and it was put on tape and that has enabled to come out and really start to talk about this," he said.

Zimmerman hopes the case sends a strong message, not just to students, but to school officials, that it's time for something to be done.

"These things have a pattern of happening and there's a big outrage that this happens but then eventually it just drifts away and nothing really gets solved and this has got to get solved," said Zimmerman.

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