DeSOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – CBS 11 News talked exclusively with a DeSoto teenager who suffered head trauma and had his jaw knocked out of alignment. What’s disturbing is, he says he suffered the injuries while battling bullies at school.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
The fight ended with a school suspension and Xavier Jackson in a hospital bed.
The 15-year-old says he told teachers, and even a security guard, about the bullying. But last week he never imagined a fight with those bullies would end in this kind of pain, and punishment.
The hit Xavier took eight days ago was harder than the ones he’d ever encountered on the football field. “He stomped on my face, while the other boy was fighting with me.”
For two weeks, Chester Pickett and Shazetta Jackson Pickett heard from their son every day about the bullying by football teammates. Xavier told them the boys were picking on him because they didn’t like one of his friends.
The parents said, “We teach our son, if somebody’s bothering you tell the closest teacher. My son did that.” They said they went out of their way to try and keep their son safe. “We often tried to get there and pick him up early to prevent him from getting into any altercations with the young men.”
The bullying never stopped and then a fight broke out in the locker room. When Xavier went to the hospital doctors diagnosed him with a head injury.
The teen was sidelined by the injuries and also by the school suspension. His parents say it was because their son hit back that he was punished. “To me it wasn’t an agreed fight when guys have already been pursuing you for three to four weeks prior.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health, Led To More Drug Abuse, CDC Says
A spokesperson with the DeSoto Independent School District responded to CBS 11 saying the district takes bullying seriously and, “The parents and administration have met about this situation repeatedly, even as recently as this morning, and both parties will continue to monitor all students involved.”
Xavier’s parents say it was some time before they even knew their son had been injured. “They should notify parents when their child is injured or harmed in any kind of way. And they failed to do that.”
The teenager admits it may seem to outsiders like this was just another school fight, but he suggests they look a little closer.
“Ain’t no more use of me trying to prove myself to someone else. So, I’m just going to tell [an adult or teacher] like I have been doing.”
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