Details on the incident are scarce, but Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the issue on his Facebook page on Thursday morning.
This was Rice’s first post on the matter:
“I want to know exactly what is going on at Dundalk High School. NOT happy about all the messages I am getting from students about a boy being bullied so bad he is attempting to hurt himself repeatedly. NOT happy that many of the messages involve the staff not acting or taking written reports which they are required to do. Don’t be a bystander and let this happen! What the heck is going on?? Message me if you can shine some light on the situation over there because i do not like waking up to messages like this and quite honestly, this is avoidable and it PISSES ME OFF!”
About an hour later, he posted the following to Facebook:
I would like to thank the overwhelming number of parents, teachers, and students from DHS who have messaged pledging to not be a bystander to bullying!! Horrible to wake up to messages about a kid in the hospital over an attempted suicide he says is because of bullying. I am THRILLED with the positive response from teachers and students promising to work together. We CAN make a difference!!! THANK YOU ALL FOR TAKING ACTION!!
Baltimore County Public Schools released the following statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the incident:
Today, multiple Facebook postings have described alleged bullying at Dundalk High School. Due to concerns for student privacy, Baltimore County Public Schools cannot discuss this situation in detail. However, the school system can affirm that alleged bullying at Dundalk High School was thoroughly investigated and that school system procedures were followed.
Moreover, the administration and staff at Dundalk High School have demonstrated an enduring commitment to prevent and resolve bullying at the school. Through a Maryland Safe and Supportive School grant, every teacher and administrator at the school has received training in a model bullying prevention program, Olweus, and they share a schoolwide bullying prevention lesson every month with all students.
We encourage anyone with concerns about student behavior or interactions to contact that school’s principal.