Noah Kilpatrick isn't going back to school this year.
The 15-year-old's mother has reportedly yanked from classes at Faith Fellowship Christian School in the small city of Watertown in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.
The reason? Apparently, school principal Ted Curinga didn't like the fact that he's Canadian. At least that's what Kilpatrick contends, telling local station Channel 7 News, "He would make fun of the way I dressed and he'd say, 'Oh, you're wearing Canadian colours.' And I'd be like, 'Yeah, I am. Thanks, Mr. Curinga.' He'd say, 'That wasn't a compliment.'"
According to Kilpatrick, it didn't stop there. The boy recounted a litany of insults to the National Post -- from the mocking of Canada's currency to a claim the country was a nation of communists and seal-clubbers.
“History class and sometimes math class… they were stereotyping Canadians and saying we were all stupid — it was offensive,” he told the newspaper.
For the school's part, lead pastor Mike Bartholomew, released the following 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."
All the same, Noah Kilpatrick will be finishing his last semester of ninth grade at home.
"No 14 or 15-year-old child should have to question their self-worth because of the hands of a teacher," his mother, told Channel 7 News.
Also on HuffPost:
Often bullied about his lisp and his big ears, Michael Phelps said in an interview, "It's kind of crazy. When I do go up around where I used to live [in Baltimore], you still see the same people who were picking on me. They're still around, busing tables or whatever, probably still acting the same way. They'll try to talk to me and I'm thinking, 'Yeah, why are talking to me now? You were picking on me then.'" <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--michael-phelps-turns-tables-on-childhood-bullies.html" target="_blank">Yahoo Sports</a>
"I'd come back [to school] from Europe and I looked like a clown compared to the cool way the other students looked and dressed. So I got my ass whooped a little bit… Kids are mean, and the sad thing is that I can still remember the first and last names of every one of those kids who were mean to me!"
"I was bullied and it's hard, you feel like high school's never going to be over. It's four years of your life and you just have to remember the person picking on you has their own problems and their own issues," Megan Fox told <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/144231/megan-fox-on-how-to-deal-with-bullies" target="_blank">E! News</a>.
"I grew up in Tennessee, and if you didn't play football, you were a sissy. I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art . . . I was an outcast in a lot of ways . . . but everything that you get picked on for or you feel makes you weird is essentially what's going to make you sexy as an adult." From an interview on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLhvTcEWbEg" target="_blank">Ellen</a>
"These were big, tough girls, I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm. They shoved me in. I was trapped. I banged on the door until my fists hurt. Nobody came. I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me, wondering how my life had gotten so messed up..." From her memoir, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Go-Miley-Cyrus/dp/B003UYV1PG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369323992&sr=1-1&keywords=miles+to+go+miley+cyrus" target="_blank">Miles To Go</a>
“People called me Olive Oyl, Lightbulb Head, and Fivehead, because my forehead was so big.” From an interview with <a href="http://www.gq.com/" target="_blank">GQ</a>
"I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. I was a bit of an idiot, but I always thought the assaults were unprovoked. It was after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me." <a href="http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2010/0310-robert-pattinson-remember-me-part-2.html" target="_blank">Parade Magazine</a>
"They were literally picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me, and I just stood there, on my own. No one was with me. I didn't have any friends. People would push me around, say they were going to beat me up after school, chase me. It was miserable, my whole schooling, miserable. I tried to be friends with people, but I didn't fit in. So I kept myself to myself." From an interview with <a href="http://www.elle.com/pop-culture/cover-shoots/victor-victoria-3" target="_blank">Elle Magazine</a>
Growing up, Rihanna was teased—to the point of fist fights—for having paler skin than her peers."I was cultured in a very 'black' way. But when I got to school I'm being called 'white'...they would look at me, and they would curse me out. I didn't understand." From an interview with <a href="http://www.allure.com/celebrity-trends/cover-shoot/2008/rihanna#slide=7" target="_blank">Allure Magazine</a>
"I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn't get attacked. I'd eat my lunch in the nurses' office so I didn't have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn't have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool back pack," Jessica Alba told the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-489884/Jessica-Alba-Id-definitely-shy-nerdy-type-guy.html" target="_blank">Daily Mirror</a>.
“I was very tiny... I spent most of my time stuffed into lockers. Thank god for cell phones, or I’d still be in there.” At a <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/10/03/chris-colfer-glee-new-yorker-festival/" target="_blank">New Yorker Festival</a> discussion
In his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Private-Parts-Howard-Stern/dp/0671501003/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369324982&sr=8-2&keywords=private+parts" target="_blank">Private Parts</a>, Howard Stern wrote, "A fat neighborhood kid named Johnny, who used to blow his nose into his Italian ices then eat them with a wooden spoon, used to beat me up so regularly that my parents made me go to judo school to learn to defend myself."
“I had the worst high school experience ever. I went to a very mean school and was bullied like crazy… If I could go back and tell my 14-year-old self anything it would be, ‘Don’t worry. You’re going to be doing exactly what you want to be doing and those people who are a***holes now are still going to be a***holes in 20 years. So let it go!’" From an interview with the <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/christina-hendricks-on-her-emergence-as-a-sex-icon-688867" target="_blank">UK Mirror</a>
"I took a beating from several boys for years. They put me through hell, punching and kicking me all the time," Bale told People Magazine. Then he added: "If you can face the bullying at school and come through it stronger, that is a lesson for life." Via <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7520004.stm" target="_blank">BBC News</a>
"I became a victim of bullying. I was a gawky, skinny girl with big teeth and that made me an easy target. I had two bullies and they tortured me all through junior high school," Eva Mendes tells <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1348592/Eva-Mendes-I-drifted-acting-ambition-nun.html" target="_blank">UK's Daily Mail</a>.
“I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean… They were less mean in middle school, because I was doing all right, although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn’t invited to… Don’t worry about the bitches — that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life.” <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/4828643/Jennifer-Lawrence-on-bullying-Oscars-and-celebrity.html#ixzz2TxkkuOff" target="_blank">The Sun</a>