11-year-old boy called Joshua Trump changes his last name after he was bullied and forced to drop out of school
The family is not related in any way to the president but when Donald Trump decided to launch his presidential campaign in 2016, Joshua Trump began to get bullied in school.
The parents of an 11-year-old boy in Delaware have changed their son's surname after he had been constantly bullied by his schoolmates since the 2016 presidential elections took place. The reason is simple. He shares the same surname as the current US president, Donald Trump. Joshua Trump has always used his mother Megan's maiden name as his own. The family is not related in any way to the president but when Trump decided to launch his presidential campaign in 2016, bullies used that as an opportunity to make Joshua a target at his elementary school.
WPVI-TV reported that the bullying in the school reached such a level that Joshua's father, Robert Berto, had to pull his son out of school and had him homeschooled him for a whole year. When Joshua was set to go to middle school, the concerned family reentered him into the system but, unfortunately, the bullying started again.
The parents then decided to take the unusual step of having their son's name changed from Trump to his father's name Berto in the school's database. It is still unclear if the family will change his name legally or if Joshua's younger sister will use Trump or Berto as her surname.
Megan and Robert are married with two children and the mother uses her husband's surname. When she spoke to the news station on December 11, she recalled some of the mean and horrible things that her son has faced in school.
Megan told the news station: "They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid. He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time, and he doesn't want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that's scary."
The principal of the Talley Middle School where Joshua is enrolled, Mark Mayers, said that the school has since changed the boy's name in its database and will help him address any other issues he has in the future.