Boy with autism beaten until he blacked out in school cafeteria

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LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a Missouri sixth-grader with autism says he was severely beaten by another student in a school lunchroom.

The boy's mother says her 12-year-old son sustained a cracked skull, a fractured jaw and damage to his ear last week at Liberty Middle School in suburban Kansas City.

Children's Mercy Hospital says Blake Kitchen spent four days there and was released Monday.

WDAF reports that Blake, who has Asperger's Syndrome, likes to sit at the same spot daily. His mother says when Blake asked a boy to move from his spot, another boy beat him until he blacked out.

Blake's parents say they sent a letter to the school about previous bullying, but nothing was done.

Liberty officials are investigating.

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      • alice smith

        Thanks for sharing that link. There was a bit more information. Typical response by school of not taking responsibility. They have the nerve to go on about how students must report the problem, but what they don’t tell, is how typical schools will ignore the problem once it is reported. They just like repeating this mantra because it sounds good for sound bites. This mother sent a certified letter complaining about this bully to the school a month prior to this vicious attack and the school did nothing. Not unlike schools across the country that not only ignore complaints by students, parents, and even fellow staff and teachers. The problem for teachers and staff in the schools, is once they report the problem, administration likes to ignore it or even turn it around and blame the staff for making the report. Students and parents rank even lower… they just get completely ignored. Most schools just do nothing about the problems with dangerous students. They just like to repeat sound bites and put up posters about bullying and feel like their responsibility ends at that point. Filing lawsuits against the schools really doesn’t fix the problem, either. The schools have insurance that cover these things and the insurance companies that cover the schools just like to do workshops to say that they’re training staff. In the end, nothing is accomplished. Probably won’t change unless people are held in the school, personally responsible.

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