Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A 12-year-old student has broken bones and bruises from what the family says is a case of bullying.
"Mad and sad because I get bullied almost every day," said Joel Flores, a seventh-grade student at Marshall Middle School.
Joel said he has been bullied for more than a year.
"People started marking fun of me because I stutter," he said.
Joel said what started as being called names, soon became getting shoved at school. On Tuesday, Joel suffered two broken bones and bruises on his face.
"I was playing soccer at recess and I almost caught the ball from the kid and he pushed me and I fell on my forehead. Then, he just stomped on my arm," he said.
His mother recounted incidents both on and off school property. School officials said no reports have been made this year of any incidents between the two students.
"He's been pushed around. He'll tell teachers. They say they'll take care of it, and so far, obviously, nothing's been done until it took this incident yesterday," said Shyla Flores, mother.
This mom fears the bullying can get worst and does not want her son to be hurt again.
"I want my child to be able to go to school and feel safe going to school. He's getting to where he doesn't even want to go to school anymore," she said.
School officials said the other boy involved received disciplinary action but could not release details.
Parents and students are encouraged to report cases of alleged bullying every time it occurs.