A Texas man is speaking out about how he was bullied as a junior high school student by the district’s current superintendent.
Greg Barrett addressed the Katy Independent School District board on Monday and revealed that Superintendent Dr Lance Hindt tormented him in the mid-1970s at West Memorial Junior High School.
Barrett, whose legal name is Greg Gay, is seen on video taken of the meeting tell the board that he was constantly bullied by students, teachers and staff because of his last name.
Greg Barrett (pictured), of Katy, Texas, addressed the Katy Independent School District board on Monday and revealed that Superintendent Dr Lance Hindt (inset) tormented him in the mid-1970s at West Memorial Junior High School
Barrett, whose legal name is Greg Gay, is seen on video taken of the meeting tell the board that he was constantly bullied by students, teachers and staff because of his last name and once had his head shoved into a urinal so hard it busted his lip
Barrett (pictured) said he almost tried to take his life after the incident before revealing that Hindt (inset) was the bully who shoved his face into the urinal. Hindt appeared to laugh off the claim
‘One day at lunch, I had my head shoved in a urinal, where it busted my lip. I had laid on the ground in the fetal position as the kids kicked me,’ he said.
He says the bullying was so severe he tried to take his own life.
‘Well I went home and I got the .45 out of my father’s drawer and put it in my mouth because at this point I had nobody. Nobody in the school system to help me,’ said Barrett.
Barrett then closed his statement by accusing Hindt of being that bully.
‘Lance, you were the one that shoved my head in the urinal,’ he claimed before walking out of camera view.
In the clip of the board meeting, Hindt appears to laugh off the accusation and asks for the next speaker to be called.
Hindt has since denied the allegations and released a statement on Tuesday saying it was difficult to listen to the account but said he did not bully Barrett
In a statement released on Tuesday, Hindt denied the claim and appeared outraged that he was being called the perpetrator.
‘It was difficult for me to listen to a gentleman Monday night recount a bullying incident he said occurred more than 35 years ago,’ he wrote.
‘As superintendent in three school districts in Texas, I have always tried to create an environment where every student is safe – physically and emotionally.
‘But when an individual impugns my character and reputation as the instigator of those actions, I am disappointed because it simply is not true. I do not recall this person from my childhood.’
Barrett told KETV that the other student who witnessed the incident in the boys’ bathroom has since apologized for what happened and is willing to back up his accusations if Hindt denies the claims or decides to take legal action against him.
That student, Chris Dolan, told KPRC he apologized to Barrett for not stopping the torments.
Barrett (pictured, right, with his wife), who is now married with children, said he came forward with his story after hearing other reports of bullying at Katy ISD campuses
Barrett (left and right) said the other student who witnessed the incident in the boys’ bathroom has since apologized for what happened. He added that he does not want Hindt to lose his job, he just wants an apology
‘Looking back, I wasn’t the child I wanted to be. I wasn’t the guy I wanted to be,’ Dolan said.
Barrett said he decided to share his story after hearing other reports of bullying at Katy ISD campuses.
‘I needed to come forward with my story to try to make somebody listen up there that can make policy changes that teachers can be held accountable for not doing anything,’ he told ABC 13.
Barrett, who is now married with children and owns his own business, says the trauma he endured from being bullied has stayed with him.
‘It’s a pain you carry with you your whole life because you didn’t do anything wrong. I can’t help that my last name when I was born was Gay,’ he told ABC 13.
Barrett told KPRD that he does not want Hindt to lose his job, but that he just wants an apology.
‘The whole thing is I want to help the other kids, and I hope that this message gets out there so that it may save somebody’s life,’ Barrett said.