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14-Year-Old British Diving Olympian Bullied At School

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14-year-old Tom Daley - one of England's top medal hopefuls for the 2012 Olympic Games - might have to change schools on account of the bullying he's received since returning from last year's Beijing Olympics.

His father, Rob, said his "son's well-being comes before everything else" and even though Tom had "always ignored the 'diver boy' or 'Speedo boy' comments" the bullying has come to the point where Tom doesn't even want to go to school anymore.

Our thoughts go out to Tom. You're a star! Shine on!

Get home-schooled. Go kick-butt in the 2012 Games!

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105 comments to “14-Year-Old British Diving Olympian Bullied At School”

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  1. 1

    Bullies are cowards. Stand up to them



  2. 2

    Kids are so mean! They're just jealous that they're not in the Olympics.



  3. 3

    mean people suck!!!



  4. 4

    so I'm thinking you think this kid is gay is why you posted it on your blog.



  5. 5

    FUCKING KIDS ARE JUST JEALOUS! THEY SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THEIR OWN ACHIEVEMENTS! JUST LIKE YOU SHOULD FATTY!



  6. 6

    Kids can be so mean. It pisses me off.



  7. 7

    This is getting out of hand at schools… An 11 year old just committed suicide near my hometown this week…all due to being bullied. The schools need to STEP UP!!! And those of you who think you NEED to bully someone…you need serious HELP!!!



  8. 8

    Gelluz people r everywhere!



  9. 9

    Poeh!
    He looks hot!
    Why can't they just be nice to him, I mean, he's going to the Olympics in 2012! Be proud of him for god's sake. I agree with you Perez, he should be home-schooled and just focus on his career!

  10. missB says – reply to this


    10

    dang. i would stick up for him if i was in that school.



  11. 11

    These bullies are jealous cowards! This type of thing needs to stop



  12. 12

    the school should do something about this crap …..before this kid does something stupid……whats this world coming to when you can't ever be different.

  13. Uker says – reply to this


    13

    Re: NotFamous – he is and so what?



  14. 14

    April 24. RECOGNIZE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 1,500,000 DEAD. SHAME ON YOU TURKEY. RECOGNIZE 94 YEARS OF DENIAL. APRIL 24, 1915



  15. 15

    I guess the kids at his school are ignorant of the fact that one of their hottest exports these days, Jason Statham, is a former member of the British diving team, and has that training to thank for his foundation of awesome conditioning. Maybe Dad should just let his son go all "Coward of the County" on them and settle it the old fashioned way…



  16. 16

    These kida are obviously jealous, this kid is AMAZING! I wish i had a 6 pack when I was 14!!!!



  17. 17

    Why would they bully him? That just doens't make sense.



  18. 18

    Damn those haters, this boy is/will be amazing –home school kid get it done and out of the way!



  19. 19

    aww he is soo cute and should definitely not be bullied because he will be more famous than those bitches bullying him!!



  20. 20

    Bullying is really bad in British state schools. I really want to do something about it, but I don't know what.



  21. 21

    I am so afraid for my kids in school and this is why…..I always tell them to let me know if this is happening. and if they see a kid being bullied, don't take part, and try to help if you can, even if it is just telling a teacher. this bullying crap needs to stop!



  22. 22

    He kind of looks like that other kid that had a baby and he was 13 with that 15 year old chick.



  23. 23

    i never got bullied..i guess people were scared of me… muhahhahaha! >:D



  24. 24

    He's from my home town of Plymouth, Devon. I think its sad that people would bully such a talented young man, simply for making a success of himself. Utter cowards. I hope the school deal with the issue accordingly.

  25. auds says – reply to this


    25

    jealous teenage boys are such twats. it's sad how homophobic people can be, and it's always the closeted teens that are the meanest!!



  26. 26

    Typical, little going nowhere thugs pissed off because this guy is out there doing something. Little Shits.



  27. 27

    He's a beautiful kid. The bullies are probably just jealous. People teach their kids to be this way. They need to be taught better. It's absolutely ridiculous!



  28. 28

    this kid was awesome in the olympics and i am pretty sure those people at his school are just jealous of the fact that he went to the olympics.



  29. 29

    What does not kill us makes us stronger!



  30. 30

    The main reason kids bully others is because of jelousy and insecurity within themselves, so who's the real loser?
    One day this kid might be the next big thing, while the bullies are stacking shelves in Tescos



  31. 31

    Re: Uker – why are we even talking about this? my opinion has always been you are free to do whatever you want, just do not try to force your opinions on me.



  32. 32

    Mario, home-schooling isn't the answer, that's running from this problem that will only catch up with him later in life, I hope those cowards grow up, where the hell are the parents?? teachers?? Terrible



  33. 33

    Kids that bully have no idea of the repercussions of their actions. They are doing it because it makes them feel better- to belittle someone else, and to become the center of attention. Therefore, punishment should be meted out. Some sort of community service for the youngest kids and some sort of boot camp for the older kids. This is no joke, people have their life ruined because of these evil little punks! Parents of the bullies should also be involved in the punishment- so it dawns on them that their precious little prince/princess is hurting another person.



  34. 34

    Yeah, perez way to not look like a child molester



  35. 35

    This kid is lucky : he's bullied, but he's got talent. He can defend himself by proving how exceptional he is in his field - not all the kids have this luck unfortunately (nor they have such careful parents).



  36. 36

    Jealousy, turning saints into the sea….

    Hope the kid knows he'll only get more haters as he becomes more successful and learns to handle it well. Have him talk to Michael Phelps.



  37. 37

    The bullies will all end up as shelf stacking nobodies - I hope he moves school and shows them what a star he IS at the next Olympics.



  38. 38

    I would pull him out of that situation! This shit is getting out of hand with these young boys. I cried when I heard about the 11 yr. old boy in the US.



  39. 39

    I find it very amusing that YOU, one of the BIGGEST BULLIES IN THE WORLD are talking about the issue of bullying. Do you really think what you do every day ISN'T bullying? It's fucking CATTY and BULLYING. You are the pot calling the kettle black. Stop being hypocritical. See yourself for what you really are, Pervez. You can't sit in your invisible high horse loft and type insults all day without somewhere in your reptilian brain seeing the truth in who you are. YOU'RE A BULLY



  40. 40

    Don't listen to those kids–they're just mini Perezers!!! Listen to your spirit–you're a great hardworking kid who kicks ass!!



  41. 41

    It's just because he's actually making something of himself and they're sitting around doing nothing or whatever. He doesn't deserve that, not what with what he's achieved. He is amazing for doing all this at such a young age. Srsly, if I was at that school I'd have them smashed in. (:



  42. 42

    Re: AvaLovesAbs – You are so wrong. My daughter was being bullied by a boy in 4th grade. The cops were called to the school, it got so bad. So, he started coming by our house and yelling insults at her from the street. We had no way of stopping him. And my daughter had no way of peaceable enjoyment of her own yard. She was home schooled for a year and the kid moved away after being kicked out of the school for vandalism. So you're wrong. The problem was handled



  43. 43

    How depressing. The kid is cute AND talented. The school needs to buckle down on this issue. If not, the parents need to re-finance their mortgage and send him to a private school. No kid deserves to be unhappy and bullied. Kids that are bullied (Here in the U.S.) have been committing suicide. Maybe he should join karate?



  44. 44

    SEND HIM TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL WHERE MOTHER THERESA RULES. HOPE HE ISNT IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. THAT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT OF SHIT.



  45. 45

    tsk tsk tsk! Jealousy gets people nowhere.

    What a bunch of douches. This kid does everything right and I guess the other students can't live up to mommy and daddys bedtime rules. Awwww. Poor douches.



  46. 46

    wow wtf is wrong with people? Making fun of someone because they're in the Olympics? That kids accomplishing more than they ever will their whole lives most likely by the age of 14. What a bunch of little shits.



  47. 47

    aww…hes such a cutie
    =(



  48. 48

    OMG! Bullies bully when they are jealous. They are jealous that they aren't adorable and in the Olympics. Idiots.



  49. 49

    why not find these jealous little fucks and beat the shit out on em ?



  50. 50

    Re: Novel1 – I totally agree, that's exactly what I was thinking.



  51. 51

    God bless this kid!
    .
    BULLIES SUCK!

  52. MP says – reply to this


    52

    It's sad home schooling essentially becomes your only choice. I think parents should start suing school districts and/or parents of bullies. It has to stop.



  53. 53

    Re: ohcarol7148 – "whats this world coming to when you can't ever be different."

    Welcome to Earth…brief histroy lesson…people have always…ALWAYS…hated other people for being different.



  54. 54

    Just jealousy! God, I WISH I was called Speedo boy! Ignore the haters!



  55. 55

    I don't understand bullies in any way. So they're bullying him cos he has talent? What next, bullying a kid cos he's too good-looking?



  56. 56

    Re: Beckie08 – Same here! I'm from Plymouth and I see him about all the time, i can´t believe that people would bully him, he´s a total local celebrity!



  57. 57

    Re: lick – That is so true, similar happened over here, teachers are so scared of using discipline! In my primary school a teacher got kicked out for calling a kid stupid when he had just punched another kid in the face!! Ridiculous.



  58. 58

    Stupid bullies..he's soo cute and adorable and has a birght future ahead of him..i hope the bullies get expelled..!!..the school should be doing something about this if the news has gotten this public!!!



  59. 59

    ugh i HATE bullies. I hope this kid makes it into the olympics - at least he's doing well for himself unlike SOME people who feel they need to pick on others to make them feel better about themselves. Why arent the teachers doing anything!??!!



  60. 60

    You know where this crap starts?? At home….they learn the bullying behavior from their parents….apples don't fall far from the tree!!



  61. 61

    something really needs to be done about bullying. All these kids are killing themselves becouse of it. what is it going to take to show compassion and to love each other. Kids are taught this behavior to bully, and I think the parents to be blamed.



  62. 62

    Well, I'm glad they discovered this before something bad happened. My advise is to change schools immediately or possibly home-school… do not wait.



  63. 63

    just take comfort in the fact that in 3 years, you will be more in shape, famous, and accomplished than any other bullying loser at your school, kiddo. :)



  64. 64

    Re: Novel1 – I'm not wrong, but I'm not saying you're wrong either, that's your opinion, I'm glad it worked out for your daughter, I have seen the other, where parents/teachers get more involved and the little brat bully kids finally get put in their place and smarten up…I guess it really depends on the situation at hand as all stories are different….I still don't believe in running from things though….and what I mean by coming back later in life…is sometimes people keep running, never really address things, insecure etc



  65. 65

    They're just jealous… Forget about them and do what u do best.
    Kick butt in 2012!!!!



  66. 66

    Re: JigSaw – HI JIGSAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  67. 67

    hes hot- he shouldnt have to put up with any bullies- how about hes drags these bullies to the pool with his sexy swimming muscles and teaches them how to michael phelps by holding their heads underwater for a couple minutes?
    THATS what i call waterboarding!!!



  68. 68

    Damn those losers! He is sooooo adorable!!



  69. 69

    jealousy sucks, poor guy.
    is it even possible to get away from it?



  70. 70

    Ugh. JEALOUSY! Bb, you are adorable. You have a huge future ahead of you. Don't do anything foolish because of those jealous jerks.



  71. 71

    Okay kid listen up, take some of that cash and start combat training. 99% of kids who bully are like Perez Hilton, nothing more than loud mouth cowards.
    Once you learn how to defend yourself, you will have to make an example of someone and I promise you the bullying will end forever. Don't run away from bullying, stand on your own two feet and fight like a man!!! If you run now, you will spend the rest of your life running.



  72. 72

    Tom should just move to Oregon and and never get bullied at my school



  73. 73

    dumbasses.
    this guy is hot.



  74. 74

    Be strong. Know that you will ALWAYS be better than those who taunt.



  75. 75

    It's terrible that people have to make fun of other people… And seriously!! This kid was n the olympics and people are calling him spedo boy??? If I went to school with someone n the olympics I would cheer them on no tear them down… This is just redicilous and people really needto stop



  76. 76

    i don't understand this at all…. he seemed really sweet!
    jealousy is a terrible thing.



  77. 77

    shouldn't his classmates admire him or something instead of bullying him? bitches



  78. 78

    It's simple. Kids are jealous, surprise surprise. They are jealous of the artsy kid, the competitive kid, the lucky kid, the intellectual kid, the athletic kid… This kid needs to stand up for himself and not let his daddy bail him out of every jam. That's part of growing up. If being in the Olympics isn't enough to make this kid believe in himself, I don't know what is. He needs to grow a pair and start having faith in himself, and realize that people do to you what you let them do to you, and that the kids he is growing up with are total twats who will never be half as talented, attractive, wealthy, or interesting as him.



  79. 79

    Or just grow a pair. I'm getting VERY tired of this. 'Fucking site has gone to shit - gay marriage, bullying…boo-fucking-hoo. Everything has to point back to you, doesn't it? Poor little mario, he's had a tough life; bullied in school…forced into self promotion for a scrap of attention, repressed by society for being a fag. I weep. On top of it all, a face like a shit fence! Life is SO hard for perez. Remember when this was a celebrity blog? Heaven forbid we get what we came for.



  80. 80

    God grow a pair kid. It's only name-calling. That's not bullying. Bullying is getting beaten up and threatened. Kids are always going to name-call. Get over it and grow up. Is Daddy going to wisk you away every time someone hurts your little feelings?



  81. 81

    have you ever noticed that if you look at where the bullies are that bullied people in school now that your grown up all of them are unsuccessful losers it looks like once school is over the ones that where bullied are the rich successful ones goes to show you if your a bully you should be the one killing yourself cause your life is over once high school ends



  82. 82

    aww i love him
    i hate bullying and whoevers bullying him.
    he can come to my school im sure we will accept him ;)



  83. 83

    wtff?

    who would be that immature and horrible to bully someone like that when he's representing your country and you'll probably end up working in a fast food resturant.

    total bullshit



  84. 84

    Jealous little fuckers….this starts at home…parents need to teach the little brats how to have some compassion for people and to not be jealous….my daughter already gets picked on because she is beautiful and extremely smart and now next year she will be on the cheerleading squad…I am lucky I teach her to be confident and she mostly just gives back as good as she gets but I do have to worry if a day will come when it becomes too much and she doesn't come to me about it and things get disasterous! I tried to do an anti-bullying rally at my daughters school but the principals weren't interested but they sure want to get the money they get for each kid in attendance..maybe that is where I should have hit them.



  85. 85

    Get him out of the school! Find another one or home school him…it saved my son's life!



  86. 86

    Re: tradewind66
    Yes, you mean one of BRITAIN'S top medal hopefuls. There is no England team at the olympics - it is Team GB



  87. 87

    The kid is so talented so, unfortunately in this country-(I live in the UK)-that means you will be bullied, the fact that he so obviously IS gay probably isn't helping… Sad isn't it?



  88. 88

    poor guy! they're all so mean!



  89. 89

    me and my friend were in love with him hahaha
    poor boy :(



  90. 90

    am i the only person who will kick someones ass if they made fun of me?!
    just asking
    im in high school & idk who would even say shit like that to ppl let alone not standing up 4 urself



  91. 91

    I hope dad is smart enough to take him out of school immediately.



  92. 92

    Been there, done that. Change schools or get home schooled. Don't let those assholes be able to say they went to the school with him. Eventually that is what they will be doing.



  93. 93

    he could come to my school… lol.
    kids are stupid.
    when he comes back with a gold medal they'll all be like "oh my god he's my best friend."
    and then he'll be like "screw you."
    it'll be great.



  94. 94

    He'll be hot, rich and honoured. The others lost, forgotten and envy.



  95. 95

    annoying how schools say they so stuff about it
    but they actually dont.
    ive been bullied, and i told the teacher, pfft she didnt so jack shit.

    poor thing shouldnt be bullied like that
    he looks like a nice person and this bullying may make him stop doing diving which would be horrible.
    jealous dickheads, thats all they are.



  96. 96

    Re: tthunder – AMEN!



  97. 97

    aww.. who would bully him? he's cute



  98. 98

    why would you bully someone who's representing your country in the olympics? That's a huge honor and you should be proud of them. Those bullies are just jealous that they can't do what he does and how successful he is at a young age. You go Tom Daley!



  99. 99

    kids are so ridiculous these days



  100. 100

    This guy is gonna be so hot when hes older and famous for a sport hes amazing at so shame to the kids that are bullying him

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