OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro mother is concerned for the safety of her son after she said he was beaten on board a school bus.
Tabitha King said her 11-year-old son, Julian Brockman, was punched while riding home a Western Heights school bus.
She said she could tell right away when he got off the bus that something was wrong.
“He was sweating real bad,” King said. “He was having trouble walking. He was basically kind of doubled over a little bit still.”
But King said she didn’t realize the severity of the injury until her son called her from Bridgestone Intermediate School the next morning.
He told her he’d been throwing up all night and still felt sick.
King said she picked up her son from school and immediately took him to the emergency room.
She said they diagnosed it as a severe blow to the abdomen and said they were concerned about a pancreatic injury and put him on a liquid diet.
King said the “bully” wanted to fight her son at lunch.
“He was approached at lunch, he declined so they got retaliation on the bus,” she said.
King said a school official told her the attacker’s punishment was two days suspension from the school bus but she said that’s simply not enough.
“I really want to draw attention to the bullying issue and let the schools know, you know, you can’t take this situation lightly,” she said.
King also said even though their insurance has covered the ER and doctor visits, she feels the parents of the child who hit her son should be liable.
“Yeah we have insurance. That doesn’t matter. It was caused by their child; they should cover it,” she said.
The superintendent of the Western Heights School District, Joe Kitchens, told News Channel 4 he can’t release any information on incidents that involve students.
But he said he is looking into the issue and has asked for additional review of the information they have.
King said the beating was captured on the school bus camera but other students were blocking the view of what was going on.