Willis mom said due to his condition, one wrong blow to her son's body
could've caused him to not get up. Now, the mom says she plans to file a
Texas (KTRK) -- A mother in Willis is now filing a complaint against a
student after her son with cerebral palsy was allegedly pinned down and
beaten in the face at school.
Courteney Brennan said she got a
phone call from Brabham Middle School on Sept. 1, which happened to be
the same day as her son's 13th birthday.
vice principal told me another student jumped on top of him, and he was
hit excessively in the head," Brennan said. "That's the word she used.
His face started to swell on the right side. When we went to the
emergency room, they took forensic photos, and there was a four-inch
wide goose egg on the side of his head."
Brennan was told the
fight started over the game Minecraft. Her son, a 7th grader, was in the
lunch line, listening in on a conversation that two boys, in the grade
above, were having about the game.
He intervened and the three students exchanged words, causing a heated argument.
She immediately thought the worst because her son has cerebral palsy, which affects him physically and socially.SEE ALSO: Pearland ISD parents voice concerns over district's handling of special education students
really difficult to look at your son have to live with something his
whole life, and struggle, and do so well to make it where he is,
physically," Brennan said. "I mean, he's had multiple surgeries on his
legs, and then have to get beat down."
Brennan does not believe
the school has taken the fight seriously. She says it took a while for
the school to even notify her after it happened.
"One of them
called me at about two o'clock, and she said it happened at lunch time,"
she said. "That's about two hours after the fact."
While faced with a tough decision, Brennan decided to press charges against the student.SEE ALSO: Families of students with special needs fear districts aren't thinking about them
son is one of those kids that if he would have hit him in the right
spot, or hit his head hard enough, my son may have not gotten up,"
Brennan said. "That would have followed this child forever. I thought
giving him another slap on the wrist would not make this better."Willis ISD sent ABC13 the following statement:"Willis
ISD takes student safety very seriously. The district is working with
the school and the Montgomery County Precinct One Constables office on
the investigation and is taking disciplinary action according to the
student code of conduct. Because of the pending investigation and
student privacy laws, we are unable to provide further details."
The case will now be referred to the Montgomery County Juvenile Prosecutor's Office.For more on this story, follow ABC13 reporter Brooke Taylor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.