Mother of attacked student furious with North Syracuse School District
By Jim Kenyon
Anna and Marcia Tschopp
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:07:36 GMT — The mother of a local middle school student who was allegedly attacked and injured in a classroom is upset with the North Syracuse School District. Marcia Tschopp says her daughter Anna got into an argument with another female student during an art class at Roxboro Road Middle School last week. Tschopp says the other student attacked her daughter while the substitute teacher allegedly did little to intervene. Tschopp says her daughter suffered a concussion along with cuts and bruises. The mother says after the attack, Anna was taken to the school nurses office but the school did not notify the parents for a half hour, nor did they call 9-1-1. Tschopp says the school's resource officer was at first reluctant to fill out a police report, but later recommended that the other child be expelled. The mother says she discussed the assault with North Syracuse School Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette who told her that the girl underwent a "hearing" earlier this week. Tschopp said Superintendent Faucette told her the girl would be given a 5 day suspension. Tschopp was uncertain how that suspension will be enforced because the school year has ended. The mother described Faucette as "very cold, never showed sympathy." Tschopp says Anna, who suffers from seizure disorders, is afraid of returning to school. "All I want is for her to be protected," Tschopp told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon. Reached by phone, Superintendent Faucette confirmed the student was suspended but could not reveal specifics. "The mother would like us to expel the student and that will not happen," Faucette said. Faucette added that the, "penalty sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated." Faucette said, as a mother and school administrator, that she, "totally understands her concern. I am open to trying to do whatever I can do to ensure that her daughter feels safe." Tschopp is consulting with a lawyer about potential litigation against the district.
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