Feedback: Boy Leaves School Accusing Teachers Of Teasing Him


Fifteen year old Noah Kilpatrick is finishing up his last semester of ninth grade at home.

He says his mother pulled him out of school because two faculty members at Faith Fellowship Christian School in Watertown repeatedly made fun of his Canadian heritage.

"He would make fun of the way I dressed and he'd say, 'Oh, you're wearing Canadian colors,' and I'd be like, 'Yeah, I am. Thanks, Mr. Curinga.' He'd say, 'That wasn't a compliment.'"

The person Noah is talking about is Theodore Curinga, the principal and history teacher.

Noah says he was also teased by his math teacher.

"No 14 or 15 year old child should have to question their self-worth because of the hands of a teacher," said Tina Kilpatrick, Noah's mother.

While Canadian jokes may seem harmless to some, Noah says the jokes went too far.

He says he was often taunted in front of his classmates.

His mother says before pulling Noah out of school, she asked Faith Fellowship's pastor to hold a meeting with her, the math teacher and the principal, but got nowhere.

"And that's how things ended with me pulling Noah out and no one wanting to sit down and discuss the things that were said and done and how a child was feeling," said Tina.

7 News wanted to hear from the teachers so we reached out to Faith Fellowship on multiple occasions for an interview.

The school declined to comment on camera but Faith Fellowship Pastor Mike Bartholomew sent us this statement:

"We at Faith Fellowship Christian School have always made it our policy not to discuss the affairs of students or their families in public venues. We strive for complete discretion and are committed to protecting the privacy of all our students and their families. We stand by the integrity of our staff."

Noah's mom has another son who she let finish the semester at Faith Fellowship.

She says he will not be going back.

As for Noah, Tina says she met with the school board and the school's pastor last Thursday, but nothing was resolved.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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