A student at a Kentucky high school was found unconscious in a pool of blood earlier this month. He was taken to the hospital for surgery.
According to court records, four students were taken into custody in connection with the assault.
The incident took place at Iroquois High School in Kentucky last week.
The victim, a 17-year-old autistic student, was followed into the bathroom by the four suspects. One stood watch at the door while the others attacked the student.
The court records say the students:
“beat the victim with their hands and feet until he was knocked unconscious.”
Another student later discovered the victim lying in his own blood. He was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a jaw fracture and fix loose teeth.
The suspects were arrested, with three charged under juvenile laws, and one, 18-year-old Damon Simmons Jr, charged as an adult.
Carrie Skaggs, the mother of the victim is understandably horrified at all of this.
“One of them hit him, and then all of a sudden they were all on him. He doesn’t remember too much at all.”
“Why him? It could’ve been anyone else in that school, but why him? He does what he’s supposed to do, so why pick on a kid that is there to get an education?”
She has been very critical of the school, saying her son will not go back to Iroquois.
Simmons is scheduled for a court hearing later this month. He is being charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief.
Renee Murphy, the communications director for the school district, spoke with WDRB about the actions being taken after the assault.
Murphy reaffirmed that the four students involved in the assault were disciplined by the district and precautions were being taken.
The district is looking to form a committee of parents, teachers and community members to come up with ideas for the school.
“We know that we need to provide some supports. They’ve had some challenges this year, and so we’re looking at what would be the best way to support the school.”
The school had two School Resource Officers (SROs) from the sheriff’s office, but the district has now provided two additional security staff.
Murphy says they are considering starting an internal police force.
Aaaaand WHY ISN’T THIS A HATE CRIME?— Boog (@boogallen) November 16, 2019
Lock them up and throw away the key.— Monica Perkins (@monilynn07) November 16, 2019
The school had two JCSO deputies at the school (provided by the sheriff's office) when this happened yesterday, and a spox says four were there today.— Kevin Wheatley (@KevinWheatleyKY) November 15, 2019
All these changes might be too little, too late.
“Somebody’s going to end up dead in that school.”
“Something has to be done to keep these kids safe, and right now Iroquois is not safe.”
The school has been in the news for violent outbursts lately. Just a few weeks earlier, a cell phone video of a fight between a student and a teacher went viral.
Even before that, another video of the principal being attacked was shared online.
It echoes recent calls from teachers about the problems with the modern profession.
While many are asking what can be done, some choose to give unhelpful comments.
If this kid had a “better foundation,” no way he goes to school and gets his jaw broken by two school mates. Great take.— Dan Brown (@D_Train_Express) November 17, 2019
I’ve been to a part of Kentucky that makes me ask a couple questions: Isn’t this normal behavior for them? Weren’t they all related? Students? Of what? And finally, who held their cigarettes during the fight? BTW I am Southern born & bred but that place is different.— EvenIf✝️🇺🇸 (@will_cherie) November 20, 2019
Open shut case it appears but JCPS will research for a month and nothing will happen is my guess. 🤦♂️— Pat H (@papaheitz) November 15, 2019
Simmons has pleaded not guilty to his charges and is being held on a $25,000 bond. His hearing is set for November 26th.
He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted. Details were not released regarding his underage accomplices.