Putnam City Schools investigating altercation that left student concussed; mother says bullying is to blame

OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro mother said her son has been left concussed and in the hospital after an altercation at a local middle school. Now, she said she's fed up with what she said has been repeated bullying and is considering homeschooling her son.

"Yesterday was sad because, as we were at the hospital, he said, 'Mom, thank you for being there for me.' And, I said, 'Son, that's what I'm supposed to do,'" she said.

Sherena Jackson said seeing her son, Jeremiah, in the hospital was a tipping point for her after what the family calls repeated instances of bullying.

"I feel like I'm not accepted anywhere I go," Jeremiah said.

The 11-year-old is a sixth grader at Kenneth Cooper Middle School. He said the latest incident started with an altercation in the hallway.

"He said 'These kids keep shoulder checking me - hitting my shoulder really hard,'" Jackson said.

Jeremiah admits he pushed the kid back but said, then, things escalated and he was punched in the head by a different student who intervened.

"He says 'Do you wanna fight?' Jeremiah says 'I'm not looking for a fight. I'm not looking for any trouble,'" his mother said.

But, Jeremiah said that's when the fight started.

Jackson was called to the school, where she said she found her son with the head injury. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a minor concussion.

Jackson said, after repeated instances, shes's scared to send her child back to school - a place where he said he feels alone.

"They call me fat, and they mostly call me words that I can't say because they're cuss words," Jeremiah said.

Jackson said she's found photos her son has drawn - depicting what he said he has gone through.

"It hurts me, and it hurts me that he's hurt," she said.

We reached out to Putnam City Schools about the incident. They sent us this statement:

"Wednesday afternoon after the end of the school day at Cooper Middle School, there was an altercation between two students in the area of the school buses waiting to take students home.

Because student safety is the district’s highest priority, bullying and conflict is always quickly investigated.

In this case, administrators began investigating yesterday afternoon and that investigation has continued today. Administrators have spoken with and are gathering statements from students involved and students who witnessed what happened. Administrators are also checking to see if there is video of the incident that shows what happened or shows other people who can tell us what happened. Findings in the investigation will help school officials determine what steps are necessary to address the situation.

All parents want their children to be safe and feel safe at school. School officials want the same thing. That’s why Putnam City proactively addresses bullying by having our counselors talk about bullying with students at every school, every year. As appropriate for the age level, they talk with students about what bullying is and how it makes people feel. Students learn about the differences between bullying and conflict. Students learn how to report bullying and who to talk to. Students learn the basic information they need should they ever witness or experience bullying."

Jackson said her hope is no child has to fear going to school.

"They're at school to learn, and they should be enjoying life," she said.