FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Weeks of bullying a child with special needs escalated into violence at a local middle school. That little girl is now in a hospital recovering from a concussion.READ MORE: Texas Inmate Rick Rhoades Faces Execution For Fatally Stabbing Brothers 30 Years Ago
Jean McClung Middle School officials aren’t saying a lot but they do acknowledge the assault took place here at the school. The little girl’s mom spoke exclusively to us and says she wants some assurance the school won’t let this happen again.
Since Sunday 13-year-old Jasmyne McCann has been under evaluation at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The seventh-grader was born with a brain abnormality that results in a learning disability, so the blows she took to the head are particularly scary for her mom.
“I shouldn’t have to worry about that. When I send her to school, she’s supposed to be safe,” Shelly Youngblood said.
The victim’s mother was horrified when her daughter came home from school and told her another little girl beat her up in the hallway. Youngblood went to the school the next day to talk to the police officer assigned to McClung Middle School. She says the officer told her bluntly the incident wasn’t good.
“What you mean it wasn’t good? He was like, ‘well, what I seen on the video was the girl pulling Jasmyne to the floor and then kicking her and then getting on top of her and punching her,'” Youngblood recalled.
The school district denied our immediate request to see the surveillance video. They also declined to go on camera but said in a statement, “We can confirm that an event occurred but because juveniles are involved we are prohibited from discussing the matter in detail.”READ MORE: North Texas Woman Whose Unborn Child Could Not Be Saved Shares Personal Abortion Story
The statement goes on to say: “Any incidents are investigated rapidly and dealt with appropriately.”
Now even as Jasmyne’s physical wounds heal, the emotional damage has taken an even deeper toll.
“She don’t want to go back to school. She don’t want to leave the hospital because she knows if she leaves the hospital, she has to go back to school,” Youngblood said.
Jasmyne’s mom tells us doctors are hopeful she’ll be able to go home, possibly as soon as Thursday night, but it isn’t clear when if ever she’ll be back to her school.
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