Kids & Family

High School Suspends Teen After He Asks For Help

Why would a school call the police and kick a kid out of school when he went to them for help like he's supposed to?

Tyler Hellein knew something wasn't right. The 14 year-old was having dark thoughts about dealing with a bullying situation so he went to the school social worker and guidance counselor looking for help. What happened next is appalling and frankly outrageous. Laurel Highlands Senior High School officials called the Pennsylvania State Police and then suspended Tyler for three days. I talked to Tyler and his father about the whole ordeal:

You heard it from Tyler's parents and himself. They're concerned about how this incident was handled and whether or not it will keep him from speaking up when he needs help in the future. They're also concerned about how it could affect his grades and his permanent school record. Pittsburgh attorney Phil DiLucente is well versed in these types of issues and he's very passionate about it. When I asked him to get involved he didn't hesitate. Phil joined me and Wendy Bell this afternoon on KDKA Radio.

For now, Tyler is still suspended, sitting at home, being punished for being honest about his thoughts and feelings and seeking help. He can't participate any school functions or events like the JROTC program's community service or the school band. We're still waiting to hear back from the school district, but when we do you can expect an update right here.

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