Friday, October 15, 2010
A 15-year-old is behind bars for aggravated battery after police say he attacked a 12-year-old middle school student, hitting him in the head with a brick.
Twelve-year-old Seth Grether says he was playing at a Maize city park with a group of his friends, when some older students approached them and an argument broke out. That's when police say the 15-year-old started taking bricks from a nearby construction site and threw them at the 12-year-old.
"I got there and Seth was laying on the ground, and there was blood everywhere," said Seth's mother, Jessamie Grether.
Jessamie Grether says she is angry. Her 12-year-old son has staples in his head after he says, he wouldn't hand over his toy.
"They were calling me names, and my friends names, and they were just being really mean," said 12-year-old Grether.
When police responded to the park Thursday, they arrested the 15-year-old Maize High School student for aggravated battery.
"The Maize Police Department, I will have to say, did a great job as far as taking care of that incident," said Jessamie.
But she says she's afraid of what may happen when the teenage suspect is no longer behind bars.
"I feel a total loss of power to protect my child from bad things, because that's my job," said Jessamie.
But the Maize Police Chief says the suspect will be penalized, and he says if any future bullying takes place, the department and Maize schools will work together to stop it.
For now though, police aren't calling the incident a case of school bullying, as it happened after school hours and appears to be an isolated incident.
"We have no indication that this escalated from any incidents at school or flowed over from anything that occurred at school. In fact, the kids don't even go to school together," said Maize Police Chief Matthew Jensby.
But that isn't stopping Jessamie Grether from being afraid for her son.
"How is that not bullying? Especially when there's a 15-year-old beating up on a 12-year-old with a brick?" said Grether.
Chief Jensby says the 15-year-old suspect will most likely remain in custody until next week when he meets with a judge. Charges are expected Monday.