5 Sep, 2022 @ 10:19
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Young victim in viral bullying video overwhelmed with support and birthday wishes from celebrities in Spain

Izan Sends A Message Via Instagram

A boy in Mallorca who was bullied by classmates during a summer camp has been inundated with messages of support from celebrities and sports stars after a video of the harassment was shared by the child’s brother.

The 11-year-old, whose name is Izan, was being taunted by classmates on the day of his birthday. In the video recording, his bullies are heard to call him “fat” and a “seal”. The child can be seen crying in the playground of the Es Puig de Lloseta school while he is taunted.

In the message that accompanied the video, Izan’s brother explained that “the first thing that [Izan] did” when he returned home “was to burst into tears and say that this life is horrible and that he no longer wanted to live”. 

The Video Of Izan Being Bullied
A screenshot of the video of Izan being bullied. / Instagram

The brother also explained that the video had been recorded by one of the bullies with the aim of sharing it on social media. 

The video has since gone viral and has been greeted with positive responses from Spanish celebrities such as Eurovision singer Chanel, Unidas Podemos party leader Ione Belarra, internet celebrity Ibai Llanos and football player Antoine Griezmann, who messaged Izan to tell him that “life is beautiful” and to invite him to an Atlético de Madrid game at the Wanda Stadium. 

“We need everyone to fight against bullying and all kind of child violence. Wherever it comes from it can never be a private issue and from this ministry we are going to do everything we can so that no children suffer violence.” Social Rights Minister and Unidas Podemos leader Ione Belarra.

In response to the messages, Izan released a video thanking everyone for the support and birthday wishes, saying that they had “really cheered him up”, advising anyone who suffered similar treatment should “try to ignore it” and “take the measures you need to take”. 

Izan Sends A Message Via Instagram
Izan’s message of thanks, which was released via the es.decirdiario Instagram account. / Instagram

The child’s family also criticised staff at the school for not doing enough to prevent the bullying, and said that he had been suffering the mistreatment for four years. 

The school, however, announced that it was considering legal action against the family given that a private company was running the summer camp where the incident took place, despite being on their premises.


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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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