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A California mother is suing a Los Angeles school district, alleging that her 12-year-old son was left with permanent brain and spinal injuries after another student assaulted him last year.
The mother said her sixth-grade son was “brutally assaulted and strangled” last January by a 14-year-old boy who had allegedly been violent toward other students, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The woman, who identified herself only as Sarah during a television interview with CBS Los Angeles, also claimed school officials had been aware of the older student’s behavior prior to her son’s attack, and that the school “failed to take adequate action to protect the other students” there, NBC News reported.
Surveillance video of the incident at Animo Westside Charter Middle School shows the alleged bully punch the 12-year-old in the stomach and shove him against an outside wall. He appears to put his hands around the younger boy’s neck before other students crowd around them.
Additional surveillance video shows the boy being carried into the school’s office and laid on the floor before paramedics arrive.
Although the boy had multiple seizures, the school did not call 911 until his mother arrived about 30 minutes after the incident, NBC News reported, citing the lawsuit against Green Dot Public Schools.
Sarah alleged school staff didn’t immediately tell her what had happened, and that she had to find out from other students.
“By the time I get there, I’m thinking paramedics, he’s going to have help,” Sarah told the TV station. “My son is literally laying there, completely black and blue.”
She later told NBC News that her son has been struggling with his injuries since the beating, and that doctors have said he has permanent brain and spinal injuries.
The mother’s lawyer, Ben Meiselas, told NBC News in a statement that school staff did not properly handle the situation.
“The staff did everything wrong, every step of the way, and showed a callous disregard for my 12-year-old client’s life and well being,” he said. “This is unacceptable and every adult working for this school should be haunted by their conduct for the rest of their lives.”
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