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There’s No Way I’m Buying That This Child’s Injuries Came From A ‘Playground Fall’

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ava-lynn-facebook-bruisesIf your child came home with the injuries that AvaLynn Harris is sporting in this photo, would you ever believe that it happened when your child took a tumble on the playground at school?

I wouldn’t.

Now, I feel like I have to say here that I am not in the habit of believing the worst of people, no matter how jaded I come across, nor do I go around trying to sniff out lies and deception. I’m not one of those moms that believes the world is out to get me or my kid and that my child can do no wrong. I’m actually pretty astounded whenever someone happens to do something gnarly, or even something just kind of jacked up.

AvaLynn’s mother, Lacey, is calling shenanigans too, and I don’t blame her at all. The Raw Story reports that according to Lacey, AvaLynn – who is five – came home last week with the messed up injuries you can see in the photo.

AvaLynn attends Arlington Elementary School in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and when Harris wanted to you know, find out what the fuck happened to her daughter’s face, she was told that AvaLynn fell down. Which I guess I could see, if she fell down a set of concrete steps onto someone’s boot.

Instead, Lacey insists that her daughter is telling the truth when she says that another child on the playground kicked her in the face until she fell off of a slide, according to the Justice for AvaLynn facebook page:

AvaLynn informed Lacey that she was assaulted by another student: that she was kicked repeatedly in the face until she fell off of the slide on the school’s playground. The school informed Lacey were no teachers present when the incident occurred, and because of that, no one could prove whether or not another student had harmed Ava.

This really bothers me. Of course at this juncture, no one can really prove anything. But anytime my kid’s been hurt at school, even if it’s just her scraping a knee out on the blacktop, there’s always a detailed timeline and a piece of paper for me to sign. Not a lukewarm response like this one from the school district:

“A student was injured while playing on the playground at Arlington Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. School officials responded to the situation. The parent was contacted and the student received medical treatment. No other children were involved in the incident. The Pascagoula School District remains committed to the safety of all its students.”

For her part, Lacey Harris has filed a police report, but the police are reluctant to do anything about it, saying:

“The mother alleges another child kicked her child on the slide. Right now, there’s no indication something criminal took place. I have spoken with school security, and an assistant superintendent is investigating the matter.”

Now, I don’t have any kind of medical expertise, and I’ll fully admit that my reaction to the picture above is pretty instinctual. If my child came home at five-years-old, which is plenty old enough to be able to pretty accurately relay an incident, and told me that someone hurt her, I’d be distrustful and pissed off, too.

I keep going back and forth. I’ll shut the window with that picture and remind myself that my kid’s come home with some pretty nasty bruises that everyone readily agrees is the result of a common condition known as being a little kid. Then I pull the photo up again and I just can not fathom any accident that would cause that kind of horrorshow.

(Image: Facebook)

 

83 Comments

  1. K2

    September 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Dear goodness.. so the girl knows exactly who hurt her.. right? That kid needs to be disciplined immediately. This is assault, and the fact that a kid did this doesn’t mean they should just let it go.. I’d be livid if this happened to my kid.

    • MerlePerle

      September 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Seriously, if this happened between two adults we wouldn’t just let it go cause no one saw. There’d be a proper investogation.

    • CC

      September 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Right? The kid is FIVE, it’s not like she’s some helpless blob who can’t identify her attacker. Even if the teacher thought she was lying (why..?), obviously SOMETHING happened and hey, maybe you should have been there to see it, shit stain.

    • K2

      September 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I don’t even get the ‘no teachers were present’ part.. They should get in trouble for that, too.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      She could be too scared to tell them maybe?

    • K2

      September 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      But didn’t she tell already? She at least told her mum – it seems the teachers just don’t want to listen.
      In any case, they need to do something. Something other than saying she ‘fell’.

  2. WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

    September 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Tell the kid who did it that there are cameras on the playground and then ask him/her again, what happened. You’ll get a much more truthful answer. I’m totes not above this kind of manipulation if it means discovering who did THAT to this little girl. Holy shit!

    • js argh

      September 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Is it legal, though?

    • helloshannon

      September 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Yes. Its not illegal to lie to a kid. This mom should be suing the shit out of that school for lack of supervision at the very least.

    • js argh

      September 1, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Of course I know it’s not illegal to lie to a child. But in an official investigation, either through the school or by the police, is it legal to tell that to a child – like, were a lawyer present, would they tell the child they don’t have to answer? I’m not trying to stir shit, I just honestly don’t know.

    • helloshannon

      September 1, 2014 at 8:38 am

      They do it to on law and order all the time 🙂

    • js argh

      September 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

      We’ve got so many intelligent parents in here, one of them is bound to be a current/former lawyer (or play one on TV). Answers! I demands them!

    • rockmonster

      September 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Don’t worry, koolchicken and her genius level IQ will show up!
      *eyeroll*

    • Jezebeelzebub

      September 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      say her name two more times!

    • rockmonster

      September 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Do I have to be in front of a mirror?

    • Jezebeelzebub

      September 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      yeah, we’ll go with mirror. because if she’s like beetlejuice, she’ll show up anyway. but if she’s like bloody mary, then you need the mirror.

    • Natasha B

      September 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      This actually made me snort-laugh. #truth

    • Jen TheTit Whipper

      September 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

      An advocate for the child would be present. Since police lie to adults all the time in an effort to get them to confess and the attorneys will say “you don’t have to answer” and the adult gets freaked out that a cop is asking them questions and cracks. Yes it’s legal for them to ask that and an attorney or legal advocate would be present to make sure the cops aren’t threatening them or doing anything they can’t do.

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I think it’s legal to lie to a suspect, as long as you arent promising them something. But saying “yeah, you know we have video, right”….maybe unethical but I don’t think it’s illegal.

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      If it was illegal to lie to a kid, nobody would believe in Santa.

    • js argh

      September 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I deserve some coal for that unintentionally broad question.

  3. js argh

    September 1, 2014 at 8:31 am

    That poor, sweet baby. I just can’t wrap my head around another child possibly being responsible for that. Mostly because I don’t want to, though.

  4. Megan

    September 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Awful accident or intentional, I’m more bothered by the schools response that a teacher wasn’t there. My kids are too young for school, but I assumed there would be teachers on the playground keeping an eye on things?

    • keelhaulrose

      September 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Usually there is more than one supervisor, especially with the young children, because if two things happen at one you need to be able to respond.

    • greenbeansheen

      September 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

      There absolutely should have been at least one teacher present, if not multiple teachers depending on the number of students playing! Rage-inducing that there were zero adults present. That’s not right.

  5. keelhaulrose

    September 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Even if there’s no teachers (which is fucking irresponsible to the highest degree) shouldn’t there be a bunch of young witnesses they could ask?

  6. MerlePerle

    September 1, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Okay, so I know that 5 years old os the perfect age for making up stories…but I have a 5 year old and she knows when things are serious enough not to joke about them. That poor girl having to see the other kid everyday and nobody at her school believing/protecting her!

  7. Rachelle

    September 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I’m not litigation crazy or anything, but based on their admittance, I’d be suing the shit out of the school for not having an adult present on the grounds at the time of the incident, as I’m pretty sure it’s part of their service contract. Whether they believe the child kicked her or not, I’d make damn sure they never let that happen again, and that the teacher who wasn’t where they were supposed to be to prevent it from happening learns their lesson.

    In regards to the little kicker, hell yes based on the physical evidence, and the lack of an eye witness, I’d give the victim the benefit of the doubt and call in the accused to give them a chance to confess and pick their punishment; suspension or school service.

    Poor bub; mama tiger is growling.

    • momma425

      September 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I agree completely. If the school is honestly admitting that there was not an adult present- I would sue the ever loving shit out of the school, and potentially the district.

      I have a child starting kindergarten next week, and I would LOSE MY SHIT if she came home looking like this. My kid fell down at daycare all the time, and that is fine. I didn’t freak out too hard the day my kid came home with teeth marks in het arm and a note detailing that she got bit. But these injuries, combined with the lack of response from the school? NOPE.

  8. greenbeansheen

    September 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    So disturbed at the part where it says there were NO TEACHERS PRESENT. I’m a teacher, and we’re not even allowed to stand together in the middle and talk on the playground while we watch the kids. We are supposed to be circling the. entire. time. Look at that little girl’s face! That is from multiple kicks or hits or whatever. That is from prolonged contact. Had there been ANY adults present, even if a kid started a fight, the adult could have broken it up and been there to report what happened. I mean, I know schools aren’t perfect and teachers make a lot of mistakes, and I think the whole “go to the media and bitch if I don’t like something” has become too much of a knee-jerk reaction, but really. That school is in the wrong 100%. I feel terrible for this little girl and her family.

    • Natasha B

      September 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I’m not a teacher, but I volunteer for playground duty at my daughters school-and we’re given some pretty good training -and yeah, not allowed to sit and chat. I’m so shocked the school admitted a teacher wasn’t present.

  9. whiteroses

    September 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’d be suing somebody- first because the injuries happened and second because they lied about it.

  10. CC

    September 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

    WOW, I would flip tables. All of the tables.

  11. Courtney Lynn

    September 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Yeah, those are impact injuries, not fall injuries. This story is seriously disturbing!

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Imagine what the x ray would look like.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I’m wondering the same thing. Fractures, at least. That is deep bruising and horrible swelling! My son currently has a little gray bruise on his cheek from where he hit the TV stand (because he thinks he’s a freakin stuntman). It’s VERY light, though, and it was a decent fall.

  12. Elisabeth TheQueen Smith

    September 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

    in every group of children there is always the ‘tattler’ telling the teacher who hit who.I’m sure that other students came forward and told the teacher who kicked this girl. I would be in a full blown rage if my daughter came home looking like that

  13. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    September 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Holy shit, I gasped as soon as I saw that picture. How horrible!
    My son got hurt on the playground his second day of school, which consisted of scratches on the left side of his face from the mulch and a little bump. The school must have called while I was on my way to pick him up from school. They told me he was hurt, but then added that he didn’t want to tell the teachers what happened. They also said he hadn’t bumped his head, when he clearly had. I asked him about it, and he said his best friend pushed him down. I asked him if he tried to tell someone, and he said he did, but they didn’t listen to him when it happened. My 5yo is not one to stay quiet when something like that happens, so I imagine he tried to tell the teacher, but they ignored him and then realized later that he was actually hurt.
    What happened to my son was weird enough, but at least they called. I can’t imagine having him come home in a state like this. Did the school not think she might need medical attention for injuries like that? Even if a teacher wasn’t there or didn’t see it, AvaLynn’s injuries are pretty serious. I hope her mom gets some answers about what happened and the way this was handled.

  14. Elizabeth Wakefield

    September 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Every child is entitled to not only attend school, but to feel and be safe while they are there. As much of an advocate for teachers, administrators, and the general public education system….this mother needs to file a police report. Not just for the beating that her child received, but for the negligence on the part of the school.

  15. Katherine Handcock

    September 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

    My kids are champions of falling all over themselves. My daughter managed to give herself two black eyes and a champion goose egg when she was about ten months old; my son has knocked a tooth loose falling while running to brush his teeth. Neither of their faces looked anything like that. I find it nearly impossible to believe that this is the result of a single fall.

    I’m not big on suing, but since it seems that the school is entirely unwilling to acknowledge that this isn’t a typical playground injury, I’d give this mom a pass.

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, mine went through a phase where she had a hematoma on her head for like a year from falling or snacking coffee tables. They never looked like,that.
      That is violence, not klutz

    • Litterboxjen

      September 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I used to get black eyes pretty regularly when I was little (I’m still clumsy, just tougher now, I guess). I never looked like this. I’m inclined to believe this poor child was attacked and I just want to hug her and tuck her away someplace safe. 🙁

  16. rockmonster

    September 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Poor kid. 🙁 What process of complete idiocy led them to think that they should not have any supervisors on the playground.

  17. Shannon Baas

    September 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’d not only be talking to a lawyer, I would insist the district not only move her to another school but provide transportation since they are at fault.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      And suspend/expel that little shit who did it, too.

  18. Shannon

    September 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Why wouldn’t the teachers believe her story? Most 5-year-olds aren’t making up an insanely violent incident like that to get someone else in trouble. Sadly, it sounds like the teachers are trying to deflect blame. I would’ve had my ass handed to me by my principal if I hadn’t been watching my students on the playground, much less openly admitting it.

  19. Jen TheTit Whipper

    September 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    She looks like she has been in a car accident. A fall would result in ONE awful bruise, right? Both of her eyes are bruised and one side is significantly worse. Something isn’t adding up. But as others have pointed out. There was no adult present? At school? Nope. Not ok. I remember even as a senior if a teacher had to step out another teacher stepped in or an aide or hell even a janitor, so why would 5 year olds who are apt to injury be left alone?

  20. AC

    September 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is absolutely terrible! My heart is aching thinking about how that lil girl must feel. I think there should be two separate lawsuits: one against the school for not properly monitoring those children during recess (regardless of how many kids actually were out there), and also one against their police dept, for looking at an OBVIOUS crime and choosing not to get involved. If this is how their justice system operates, who knows what other crimes they let go/overlook. Protect and serve? It’s more like ignore and cover-up! This is irresponsible, immature, and very inconsiderate to both the child and her mother.

  21. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    September 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Did the school really not contact the mother at the time? Everything says that the child came home with the injuries. I know it can be difficult to get in touch with parents (my mom spent the first week of school last year dealing with transportation issues, and so many people didn’t have the right number to contact them or the number was disconnected) but nothing I see says that they tried to contact her. I don’t care what the circumstances are, if my kid is that hurt, you need to fucking call me. Period. Full stop. End of story.

    • AP

      September 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      A child with injuries that severe should have been taken to the emergency room in an ambulance.

      I get that schools try to give parents the option to drive their child to the ER if the injury isn’t life-threatening (a sprain, simple fracture, etc.) because if you have crappy insurance, an ambulance is several thousand dollars. This girl needed emergency medical attention ASAP. That she did not receive it is grounds for a lawsuit (and I do not support frivolous lawsuits.)

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      September 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      That’s a decision made by the school nurse, typically. Without access to the information that the nurse had, I don’t know why the decision wasn’t made to transport her to the hospital–there is typically a procedure for that in public school districts.

  22. Valerie

    September 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Oh shit I have smoke coming out of my ears. If this were my child, i would be on the war path.

  23. Lindsey

    September 1, 2014 at 11:33 am

    If she came to school looking like this and the parent said she had been in a fall at the playground, child protective services would have been called.

    • cp2895

      September 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      This. And if the school were to drop the matter instead of calling CPS because they didn’t have any other parent or witness in the home to corroborate the child’s account, they’d probably be fired.

  24. Guest

    September 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Why would her mother assume that anyone at the school would listen to a five year old. Speaking as someone who experienced more than my fair share of bullying and victimization growing up, I can tell you that staff members will always look the other way whenever possible. If they acknowledge that there was misbehaviour that means disciplinary action, phone calls home, paper work, reports. It’s just easier for them to deny any blame. It’s not like small children have any way of seeking justice. I remember my well being was completely dependant on the adults that were watching us and if they didn’t feel like doing anything there was certainly nothing I could do about it. It’s incredibly easy to disregard little kids.

  25. Joye77

    September 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    My son hit another kid in Kindergarten and a teacher didn’t see it. But the other child reported it and they believed him and my son was rightfully punished. So I don’t get how they would think this poor girl was making up stories. The evidence is obviously present that matches her story. I’m calling bullshit on the school. They are covering up something.

  26. Dixie

    September 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    “…no teachers were present when the incident occurred…” You have a bunch of 5 year olds out playing and there are no teachers present?

    • Rumaikiyya

      September 1, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I was wondering about that, too. It seems like that’s a poor excuse for not investigating because putting that statement on the record would seem to open them up to a lawsuit.

  27. tomboyforever

    September 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I was a tomboy and fell off everything from slides to jungle gyms to my bike – one time flying so far forward I landed on my face ten feet ahead of my bike. I NEVER looked like this little girl after the fact. She was clearly beaten, and I cannot believe the school would try to cover this up! Anyone with a lick of sense can see this.

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I’m so mad I’m having a hard time describing it, but yeah. There is so,obviously a difference in accidental vs violent injuries, and every layperson on he can see it. It’s almost instinctual.

  28. tk88

    September 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    There is something seriously wrong with the kid that did that and they need to do something about him/her ASAP. I hope that little girl heals quickly.

  29. simoneutecht

    September 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I would go to that school everyday until I found out which kid did this and when I did that kids parents would have a lot to answer to, probably my foot in their ass. I know violence doesn’t help violence but no one dies this to someone else without some sort of repercussion. Oh and fuck that school, I’m suing everybody

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Yeah, I would be my kids shadow. Nope. Not Fucking with my kid again.

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      I’m not a sue happy person, but this case warrants a law suit! It’s bullshit and the school knows it. If I were the mom, I’d be at that school with a lawyer SO FAST!

  30. Jezebeelzebub

    September 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Well, I *do* have some medical expertise (I’m a nurse and also I used to watch a lot of Quincy, M.E.). I hate to bust out medical jargon, but as we say in the biz: *somebody* fucked that kid ALL up. There is no way that’s from a fall. Somebody DID that to her and I have no trouble believing those injuries came from exactly what she said- somebody kicked her in the face a bunch of times.

    I don’t know what I would do if LJ ever came home from school like that. I would have a very hard time controlling myself, though, and if her school had given me the line of bullshit they gave that little girl’s mother… I don;t know what i would do, but I know it would be real bad. I’m talking like the very real possibility of some straight up Charles Bronson Death Wish type action. I don;t know how I’d be able to talk myself out of that tree, y’all. I really don’t.

    • AugustW

      September 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you. MA here and I worked in an urgent care….you can tell “fall” vs “sustained violence” pretty easily.
      The fact that both sides of her face are fucked up but her nose doesn’t appear to be broken is telling to me. And also that one side of her jaw is so swollen. I would bet that side took most of the kicking, and she landed on the other side.

  31. AugustW

    September 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Fuck that. You can’t injure both sides of your face like that from one fall without also injuring your nose badly. That’s repeated kicks and falls right there. Her little face…..that right side of her jaw looks swollen.

  32. CrazyFor Kate

    September 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    OMG, why is her face drooping? What the hell kind of injuries can cause that? Holy shit.

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I think its probably due to facial swelling from her injuries. Poor kid. 🙁

  33. Liz

    September 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I got two black eyes at a playground from walking behind someone on a swing when I was 2 and my mom wasn’t quick enough to snatch me up in time, so I can absolutely believe its possible for a small child to have facial bruising without a deliberate assault or malicious intent. That being said, I absolutely believe this little girl when she says she was kicked – she has ZERO reason to lie about it. And seriously, WTF kind of a shit school is this? UNACCEPTABLE.

  34. OptimusPrime*

    September 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I 100% agree that something is amiss with this story, that something happened that shouldn’t have, and that the child was likely beaten/kicked repeatedly. However, the school can only say so much because of FERPA/HIPAA and (if one or the other is in Special Education) IDEA. The school is NOT allowed to identify any other students involved nor are they allowed to provide details in regards to specific punishment(s). Further, if the other child is covered by IDEA, he or she may have reached the max number of suspensions and may be at the Manifestation Hearing stage. At that stage, if the incident or behavior is determined to relate to the disability, punitive measures are greatly limited. We cannot know more until legal options are pursued.

  35. Quinn

    September 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My kids will go to school soon.

    I’m scared.

  36. Mehra Sarethi

    September 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t buy it either! A simple fall won’t mess you up like that. That poor girl got the hell beat out of her and the school just doesn’t want to deal with the issue. It’s so easy for them just to brush it under the rug since no teachers witnessed it.

  37. jendra_berri

    September 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    What the hell. Those injuries are not consistent with a fall. What, did she land squarely on her eye? And then then other eye? No, I do not think so. The kid says she was kicked in the fact and that looks exactly like what happened. There’s a couple locations of injury of varying severity. A fall is a single blow, and unlikely to injure the eye socket as it’s a crevice.
    Like, are you even kidding me with this bullshit story.

  38. Colleen Machine

    September 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I am aghast! I seriously had to scroll down because I could not look at her poor, adorable, battered little face. This is obviously wrong. I don’t know this child, but the feelings I have when I look at this image are so strong, I can’t even fathom how I would respond if this were my own little girl. Something is not right with this story and this parent has every right to investigate!

  39. koolchicken

    September 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Now I’m not an expert on assessing these things. But the damage to that poor kids face looks to be consistent with what she says happened. That she was kicked in the face until she fell off a slide. Clearly she was the victim of a brutal assault, all you really have to do is look at her to know that.

    I think the thing that concerns me the most though is that the police are reluctant to do anything. Tell me, if this girl came into school looking like that would the police be reluctant then? What if it wasn’t the parents who did it, but a sibling? Does it matter? A child was kicked in the head repeatedly until she fell off a raised surface. Someone needs to be arrested, and I don’t care if it’s another four year old. This can’t be allowed to happen again.

  40. Spiderpigmom

    September 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    OMFG the poor kid looks like she’s been in a bar brawl. If I were her mother I would be homicidal. If I were the mother of the other student, I would absolutely want to know what my child has done so I can address the problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

  41. Alixandra Mullins

    September 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

    That poor little girl!! I bet it was her first week or two at kindergarden!! How awful, I would be raising bloody hell at my child’s school if my 5 year old came home like this! Terrible! I’d sue the school and use the money to pay for private school or something.. poor thing!!!

  42. Jayamama

    September 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    That picture creates a reaction in me that I didn’t think was possible for a child that isn’t my own. I’m so pissed off that I barely type a coherent sentence. Maybe when I’ve calmed down a bit, I’ll try to come back and write a better comment. But seriously, wtf?

  43. nikki753

    September 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    If absolutely nothing else, the school should say that the playground monitors missed the particular incident but that they’ll be keeping a very close eye on the kid she said did that to her. That’s not normal kid being a jerk. That’s a violent child operating at his normal and other kids are at risk. But, in all of it, why is the school telling the story that she fell? Surely a kid with injuries like that would be shrieking and the other kids who witnessed such a thing would also be upset. So even if your back was turned when it happened, wouldn’t you go running over there and, as part of assessing the situation, ask the other kids what happened? Is the school trying to protect the kid who did this? Are they trying to avoid being sued because this kid is known to be violent? I feel like something fishy beyond just lazy or not enough playground monitors is going on.

  44. footnotegirl

    September 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    If a kid came to school looking like that, the parent would be in police custody within the hour. In the case of the reverse, the same should happen. The teacher needs to be charged with either neglect or abuse NOW.

  45. Jami

    September 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I can kind of believe no teachers saw this – they can’t be everywhere and schools are always understaffed. But there’s NO WAY there were no other children around. You KNOW that there’s kids who witnessed this. Why aren’t they being interviewed?

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