Students have rallied to replace the belongings of a deaf student who found his backpack and supplies dumped in one of his high school’s bathrooms. Alexis Hernandez, who has had cochlear implants since age 1, had his belongings stolen by two fellow students at his Omaha, Nebraska, school, Fox 5 NY reported.
In addition to notebooks and other supplies, Hernandez’s tablet was stolen and his English project was ruined in the stunt. The 16-year-old’s sister, Analy Luveno, shared a photo on Facebook which led others at Burke High School to start a GoFundMe page in his honor.
“So today at school my brother was bullied super hard at his high school,” Luveno wrote in a Facebook post. “Most people might not know this but my brother is completely deaf and I couldn’t believe anyone would have the heart to do this to him!”
Omaha Public School District officials acknowledged that Hernandez's backpack was stolen and vandalized, but say he was not the target of bullies, and that the students did not know he was deaf. A battery for Hernandez's cochlear implant was also destroyed.
The school said his tablet was returned to him and that the students responsible were disciplined.
Hernandez reportedly wants to transfer schools and has said he wants the suspects to learn to do the right thing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.