Rochester teen out of the hospital after being attacked at school
WHAM Rochester, N.Y. - The mother of a 13-year-old who was assaulted Wednesday during dismissal at School No. 3 says her son has a concussion, broken collarbone, and short-term memory loss among other injuries.
"This was far more than a kick," said Emily Sullivan, the 13-year-old's mother. "He was unresponsive for three-and-a-half hours. He didn't really come out of sedation until about 2 a.m."
According to the Rochester City School District, one student physically attacked another during an incident Wednesday.
Rochester police say that it was a 12-year-old boy attacking a 13-year-old boy, and that the 12-year-old tried to get away on one of the school buses, only to be tracked down by police shortly thereafter.
Police said the 12-year-old was charged with assault, and that the matter would be handled in Family Court.
Sullivan said that her son has since been discharged from the hospital.
"He doesn't remember what happened," she said. "I do believe they [school officials] need to keep a closer eye on what goes on at dismissal time."
RCSD confirms to 13WHAM News that the principal of School No. 3 reached out to parents after the attack. Below is a copy of his full statement to parents.
I am calling to give you an update on the incident that occurred yesterday between two students at dismissal. One student physically attacked another who was taken to the hospital.
I was with the student who was hurt last night, and visited today with him and his family. His injuries were serious, but I am pleased to say that he is alert and talkative, and his family has been told that he will be discharged soon.
The other student attempted to leave on a bus, but with help from Rochester police, he was returned to school immediately. Parents were notified, and we are taking appropriate disciplinary action.
At NRCS we teach children how to behave respectfully and resolve conflicts peacefully. Please remind your children that aggressive behavior is never acceptable. Together we can prevent incidents like this and maintain a positive learning environment for everyone at our school.