Photo of Deaf Student’s Stolen Backpack Goes Viral After Bullies Took More Than Just School Supplies

Alex Hernandez is just a high school senior trying to “turn in assignments and make his mom proud.” But last week, bullies stole his backpack and something that is worth so much more than schoolwork.

Omaha, Nebraska, student Alex Hernandez is a 16-year-old senior at Burke High School. He’s been deaf since birth, and bullied his entire life.

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Last week, two students stole Alex’s backpack containing all of his homework and money as well as his tablet, cochlear implant battery and school supplies.

Administrative staff that reviewed the school’s security footage discovered that two teen boys stole the bag and stuffed its entire contents into a toilet.

Everything that the teen needs to get through the school day was either gone or ruined. Notebooks were drenched, his tablet was shattered, and without his cochlear implant battery, Alex is unable to hear his teachers.


The traumatic experience was more than anyone could handle.

After a snapchat image of Alex’s belongings in the toilet went viral, people in the community and peers at Burke High School quickly rushed to support the teen.

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Teachers were able to replace Alex’s notebooks and homework, and students started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a new tablet and cochlear implant battery.

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In just three days the campaign surpassed its goal with support and love being sent from all over the country!

“I wanted to thank all of my friends and those who wrote me for supporting me. I am very happy. It made me feel like I am not alone,” Alex told a local news station.

Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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