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Bullies throw deaf high school student's backpack in the toilet

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An Omaha, Nebraska high school is making headlines for the wrong reasons.

Burke High School student Alex Hernandez had his backpack stolen by bullies and thrown into a toilet at the school last week.  The backpack contained Hernandez's homework, as well as the backup battery for his hearing aid.

"My tablet, debit card, my battery, my cochlear implant battery," he said. "All the stuff that I have was in the toilet."

That cochlear implant battery is vital for the 16-year-old who has been deaf since birth.  Without it, he cannot hear his teachers. 

School officials reviewed security camera footage and learned that two male students took the backpack. Hernandez said he didn’t know either of them. 

Hernandez, says he is used to being teased about his deafness, “Those students think it’s okay to bully a deaf student, but it’s not. It’s not okay to bully someone who is disabled, deaf or hard of hearing. Or anyone for that matter.” He also said that the part that upset him the most was that he lost an English project he had been working on. “I work really hard on my project and homework because I just want to make my mom to be happy and know that I did a good job on the homework.”

The Omaha Public School District released a statement Tuesday, saying the students involved in the incident have been disciplined.

The district said, because of privacy laws, they would not identify the students, or provide specific details about the discipline.

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