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Dad blames bullying after gun found in son's backpack

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The father blames his son's extreme behavior on bullying. The father blames his son's extreme behavior on bullying.
"He's afraid to go outside. He don't want to play like he used to. He don't want to eat like he used to and he begins to act out more," said the father. "He's afraid to go outside. He don't want to play like he used to. He don't want to eat like he used to and he begins to act out more," said the father.
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A Canton father says he thought it was unusual that his son wanted to walk to school 30 minutes early Monday morning. Then he noticed something in his son's backpack -- a gun.

"I said, what was you gonna do with it? What was you gonna do with the gun? And he said he was gonna shoot him. And I said you was gone shoot him? He said 'yeah.' I said, why? He said 'because he (an alleged bully) won't stop messing with me,'" recalled the father. 

The man says his son told him he wasn't taking the gun to school but expected to confront the alleged bully on the way.

The father blames his son's extreme behavior on bullying. He knew it was happening but had no idea how bad it was.

"Somebody could've lost they child and I could've lost my child in the process. And I'm running out of options of what to do," said the father. 

The Canton man says educators have been made aware of the problem in the past.

However, Nichols Middle School Principal Tina Manning says Monday was the first time the school had been made aware of a bullying incident. The parents of both children were brought in and made aware of the situation, according to Manning. She also says district policy was followed.

The father has a different story. He says the bullying has been occurring inside and outside the school for so long it has changed his son's behavior and he now receives counseling.

"He's afraid to go outside. He don't want to play like he used to. He don't want to eat like he used to and he begins to act out more," said the father.

He doesn't believe his son is the only one being bullied, and he hopes sharing this story it will help parents see the signs of bullying.

"I hope this helps somebody. I hope it opens somebody's eyes up. I mean, talk to your kids and let them know that you care," said the father.

He believes children need to find someone they can share information with, and the accused bully may need help as well.

"I think the bully needs more counseling than the victim because the victim is innocent. The victim didn't do anything," said the father.

There is help out there for children afraid to come forward if they're victims of bullying.

You can call the Stay Safe Hotline at 1-866-960-6472.

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