Parents Upset With Response After They Say Son With Asperger’s Was Bullied
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SPRINGDALE, Wash – A
KHQ viewer wrote us recently, saying her son was attacked in a premeditated and
unprovoked assault at Mary Walker High School last month.
When her son missed
the bus, and her husband went to pick him up, she says:
"The principal was
waiting for him, and he said, ‘You're not going to be happy about this, but your
son was assaulted, and I've got video of it."
but also, Evans says the aggressor asked a friend to take cell phone video
before he punched her son in the face twice, knocking him down. The video was posted to Facebook for a short
time, before being removed.
Evans says her
15-year-old son, David, was scraped up, had a bloody nose, and his $400 glasses
situation for any parent – but especially for Evans. Her son has Asperger's – a disorder similar
to Autism, in which his social cues and interactions don't always fit in. She believes that's why he was
"He's been picked on
his whole life in school, he's been bullied as far back as grade school, because
he's different," she told KHQ.
She's upset the
alleged bully was suspended for 10 days, then allowed back at school, and is
worried about her son's safety.
"My concern is, how
long is he going to leave him alone before he decides to start going after him
or someone else?" she added.
Mary Walker School
District Superintendent Kevin Jacka is aware of the situation, and has also seen
the surveillance video. But because of
student privacy laws, he can't speak directly about this case.
Jacka did tell KHQ the
district works very hard to prevent bullying from happening in the first place,
through regular staff training, conferences, and
"Each time we have an
incident that happens, there's a conversation about the incident, a conversation
of how we would handle it, what we would do differently, what are the red flags
that we may have and should have seen beforehand if that was the situation,"
Jacka told KHQ. "It's an issue we're always concerned with,
it's an issue we always look at."
Per the districts ‘No
Tolerance' bullying policy, the aggressor may face suspension or expulsion, and
the punishment depends on the seriousness of what happened, the student's
developmental age, and their behavioral history.
"In most of these
cases, there's history on both sides," Jacka added.
As for Jennifer Evans,
she and her husband have filed assault charged with the police against the
student involved, and are waiting to see what happens with the
"I don't want to ruin
this kids life, I'm not saying throw him in jail and throw away the key, I'm
saying there needs to be something more than what I feel is a slap on the
wrist," she said.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:27 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:27:06 GMT
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