Texas School Superintendent Accused of Being Schoolyard Bully
A man opened up about being bullied at a public meeting, and claimed that the superintendent was one of his tormentors 30 years ago in junior high school.
Greg Barrett faced the Katy ISD superintendent Lance Hindt and addressed the school board during a public forum on Monday, March 19.
In the video, Barrett shared his alleged story of being bullied as a student at West Memorial Junior High in the Houston suburb of Katy. It has since racked up over 200,000 views on YouTube.
“I had my head shoved in the urinal where I busted my lip,” Barrett said as he addressed the board.
“I had laid on the ground in the fetal position as the kids kicked me. I recounted every little bit of what happened to me.”
Barrett said the bullying had even made him consider taking his own life.
“I went home and got the .45 out of my father’s drawer and put it in my mouth.”
Barrett’s account of being targeted for his original surname, Gay, went viral after a video of the meeting was published on YouTube. The clip was featured on the front page of Reddit on Tuesday evening, March 20.
“I started in 1975 with Mr. Lance, my legal name is Greg Gay,” he said.
He accuses superintendent Lance Hindt of being the ringleader.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) March 21, 2018
Katy man publicly accuses @katyisd Superintendent of bullying him more than 30 years ago at West Memorial JH. Describes how supt. allegedly pushed his head into urinal. Tonight on #khou11 at 10 why he's speaking out and what the superintendent has to say about his claims. pic.twitter.com/Xy8dPGsiXs
— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) March 21, 2018
At the meeting, Barrett confronted the superintendent, saying, “Lance, you were the one that shoved my head in the urinal.”
Hindt has come under fire over the accusation and for appearing to laugh at Barrett’s comment that he came close to committing suicide over the bullying.
Barrett told KHOU that he was “really disappointed” with Hindt.
“This was a chance for him to stand up as a man and admit this was wrong. We were kids. We did stupid stuff. We made mistakes, but now he’s in charge of a huge school district,” he said.
Hindt recognized he attended junior high with Barrett but claimed the accusations were false in a comment released to KHOU.
“I do not suggest that Mr. Barrett was not bullied, only that I was not part of it. Bullying is wrong. Period. It was then and it is today. At Katy ISD, we are always looking for ways to make our campuses and our students safe,” Hindt wrote in the statement.
He added that he is proud to lead a school district that is not afraid to confront bullying behavior.
Credit: Katy ISD via Storyful