Mother of student assaulted at West Carrollton H.S. demands change
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The mother of a student assaulted in a West Carrollton High School hallway is demanding change. Rachel Tussey's son was punched several times by another student in an incident on February 5.
The assault was recorded on video and obtained by Tussey. It shows a student in a white t-shirt punch her son in the jaw. After her son fell to the ground the student continues to punch him while he's laying on the ground. Students can be seen watching the assault, some even recording video of it. The student in the white t-shirt wasn't stopped until a teacher came in to separate the two.
"I got a call form the school saying my son had been hit," Rachel Tussey said.
She said that call to her wasn't made until 90 minutes after the incident and the severity of the incident was downplayed.
"This is not boys being boys with some little confrontation," Mark Landers, Tussey's attorney, said. "It was premeditated."
Tussey took her son to Dayton Children's later that day where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Tussey says her son wasn't given immediate medical attention. Instead, he was asked if he wanted to see the nurse. Tussey also says while her son was sitting in the office he was told to "sit down and shut up".
Tussey said she asked a secretary to call the police if they hadn't already been called.
"[The secretary] told me, 'We do not call police," she said. "If you want to call police you need to use your phone to call the police.'"
Tussey started a petition on change.org to make West Carrollton schools safe again. That petition had more than 2,500 signatures as of 6:30 Tuesday night.
Her attorney wants the school to have at least one resource officer and a policy that requires formal documentation of bullying and assaults at the school.
Tussey says watching that video of her son get assaulted is hear-breaking. Her son has not been medically cleared to return to school yet, but she says her son will not return to West Carrollton.