Here’s what Roberts had to say to the C-J after a Highland Middle seventh-grade boy was assaulted on a school bus last Friday afternoon by another seventh grade boy:
There was no immediate indication of an injury to either student, Roberts said, but later in the day, the school system was notified that one of the students had complained of headache and was taken to Norton Audubon Hospital. After being examined there, he was transported to Kosair, where he underwent surgery.
This incident was the talk of the neighborhood kids over the weekend. A bunch of kids said the kid’s ear was purple or red, depending on which kid told the story, and they all said he had a welt/bruise under or near his eye after he had been punched. Even a bunch of usually-unobservant middle-schoolers were able to determine that the kid looked pretty banged up.
What’s JCPS trying to do by saying there was no indication of injury? Are they trying to imply that the bleeding in his brain that required BRAIN SURGERY was a pre-existing condition? Lordy, Lordy. Sometimes, they just need to say “no comment” until they have more information.
The kid who got clobbered is a good kid, doesn’t cause trouble. Big surprise, right? The kid who did the clobbering is a known troublemaker who even bullies sixth-grade girls on the bus. Nice kid! Probably has some really nice folks, too! I hope they have a really nice insurance policy to cover the cost of the brain surgery that resulted from their son’s malicious behavior.
Of course, all of the kids on that bus are breathing a sigh of relief that Clobbering Kid isn’t on the bus anymore and they’re hoping he gets expelled. But JCPS has a strict NO EXPULSION policy so this kid will be around for a long time.
Highland Middle School Principal Steve Heckman isn’t getting the credit he deserves for how well he handled this situation. I need to tell you about that later.
The holidays are keeping me hopping! I’ll be slow pokin’ it on the blog until after Winter Break! I have so much to tell you!