White Point mother at her wit’s end with online bullying


Published on April 20, 2017

Just one of the dozens of messages sent to 15-year-old Ryleigh Kempton from two students at his high school. His mother says he’s so afraid of the bullying he’s getting at Liverpool Regional High that he is refusing to attend school.

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WHITE POINT, N.S. - Amy Whynot is at her wit’s end. 

Whynot's 15-year-old son, Ryleigh Kempton - a Grade 10 student at Liverpool Regional High School - is refusing to go to school because she says he is being severely cyberbullied by two of his classmates.

She's so frustrated that she decided to post dozens of screenshots of the bullying on her Facebook page – including messages telling Ryleigh to kill himself.

“This has been going on the whole year,” she says. “Ryleigh has a learning disability; he spends the majority of his time in school in a learning centre.”

He’s scared that these kids are going to beat him up. He’s absolutely horrific about this.”

Amy Whynot

A learning centre is a classroom where a teacher or a teacher’s assistant will offer specialized help to students.

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“Because he has anxiety, he spends pretty much all of his time in there because he can’t be around people.”

Whynot says Ryleigh is a very quiet kid, who used to play a lot of video games, and loves fishing.

The bullying started, she believes, “because he’s an easy target. Ryleigh is a person who likes to try to make friends and he will give people many, many chances.”

The texts sent to Ryleigh are shocking, calling him names like a "pedophile" and threatening to beat him up. Some even urge him to kill himself.

“He’s refusing to go to school,” she says. “He’s scared that these kids are going to beat him up. He’s absolutely horrific about this.”

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Many of the posts were sent over the weekend when Ryleigh was at his father’s home with no Internet access.

Whynot has met with the principal of Liverpool Regional High School, Jeanie Rodenizer.

“She thinks that because it happened on the weekend, there’s nothing that can be done. But I’m also advising her it’s not just happening there, it’s happening in the school as well,” Whynot says.

She says the principal is not allowed to tell her what type of discipline has been given to the two boys involved.

“I want to bring the boys in, bring their parents in, and sit down and get to the bottom of this. She told me she’s not allowed to.”

She says Ryleigh has missed so many days due to the bullying that the school has been calling to ask about his absence.

LRHS principal Jeanie Rhodenizer, asked by The Advance about the situation, had a prepared statement.

“We are currently aware of the situation. I was made aware of the situation yesterday morning, RCMP are involved in the investigation, and we are unable to further comment at this time.”

Whynot says that’s not good enough for her.

She wants her son to be able to go to school in a safe environment, and so far, she says, she’s seen no evidence of that happening.