RAINIER, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Dozens of Rainier High School students walked out of class Friday to support Nayt Taylor, who was suspended after alerting school administrators to someone being bullied.
Taylor told KOIN 6 News he went to a school counselor and the principal on May 22 and expressed his concerns that a friend of his was being bullied.
“I was really frustrated because someone’s life was on the line,” he said. “Nothing was done, so I went back to them and they told me the exact same thing – to stay out of it because I had nothing to do with it.”
With his parents’ permission, 15-year-old Dylan Lane also spoke with KOIN 6 News. He showed a picture he said another student posted of him on Instagram, with disturbing comments below “telling me to go kill myself.”
Taylor said he was worried it was something his friend might do and that’s why he went to school officials three times that day.
“I was pretty intense, I was very intense about the whole situation because someone close to you losing their life, I don’t ever want to feel that,” he said.
Superintendent Michael Carter, who was out of the state Friday, told KOIN 6 News by phone he couldn’t discuss specifics of the case.
“But we can assure you we have never suspended a student who has come to warn us about the safety or advocate after a fellow student,” Carter said.
Friday afternoon, Nayt’s father allowed the school to release his son’s discipline file.
Nayt was suspended, the file said, for “inappropriate language towards staff and impeding an investigation.”
The teen denies it.
Principal Graden Blue said he told Nayt, “We are doing things, but I need you to calm down and let us do our jobs.”
Carter told KOIN 6 News there is a bullying investigation ongoing, and a discipline hearing for students involved next week.
Parents told KOIN 6 News the students that walked out of class Friday have also been suspended, but the district has not confirmed that information.