A Maryland teen was preparing to speak on camera with a local news crew about being bullied at his high school in Brunswick when, suddenly, he was attacked by three students with the cameras still rolling.

"The student came up to me and pushed me out of the way and said 'What are you recording?'" Preston Deener, a sophomore, later told WHAG. "All of sudden, the student was chasing me and I needed some help."

According to Deener, he tried fighting back when a bully tackled him last week but was suspended for three days. Since then, he takes his complaints straight to the administration, though his mom isn't sure his grievances are being addressed.

"I'm hoping now that they take this more seriously than what they have," Cheryl Deener said.

Frederick County Public Schools communications director Michael Doerrer told the news station a full investigation will be launched, but tried to temper expectations, saying "bullying is a problem at many schools around the country, not just a problem in Frederick County."

[H/T: The Daily Mail, screengrabs via WHAG, video via WPIX]