Folsom Middle School Bully Accused of Injuring Classmate to Transfer to Different School

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Update: The family's attorneys and the school district say the accused bully will transfer to a different school. Titus will be returning to school.

FOLSOM -- A Folsom mother is demanding action after she says a bully pushed her seventh-grader, causing his head to slam into a metal pole during a school field trip.

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District says multiple investigations are underway but Kindra Miller says that’s not enough. She was keeping her son home from school.

"It’s horrible what he’s had to go through,” Miller said.

From racial comments to bullying, Miller says her son, Titus, has had ongoing issues with a classmate at Folsom Middle School.

But one month ago, during a field trip to the Sacramento State campus, she says that student followed Titus to the restroom, grabbed him from behind and pushed him.

"My son was only inches from a pole and his head was slammed into a pole," Miller said.

The boy spent days in the hospital with a brain injury.

"Hearing that your son has a brain bleed, of course, you think of the absolute worst at that moment,” Miller told FOX40.

Now, Titus is healing and physically ready to return to school but his mother would not allow it.

“I would not put my son back into that environment,” Miller said.

On Monday, the other student had not been punished, according to Miller.

"We’re looking at witness statements. We're looking at the discipline histories of students. We're looking at intent. We're looking at it from all angles,” district spokesman Daniel Thigpen said.

Not satisfied, Miller reached out to the NAACP for support.

"I was in total disbelief and thought this can’t be true,” Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams said.

They rallied the community's support for Titus and met with district officials Monday afternoon. Hours later, the district decided to take further action and is ordering an independent, third-party investigation.

On Thursday, the school district reported the accused bully would not be returning to Folsom Middle School and has transferred to a different school. They sent the following statement:

"The student who committed the offense in this incident will not be returning to Folsom Middle School. Out of concern for the safety of all children involved we are not disclosing this child’s school placement.

Our immediate priority is to get both of these children back in school with the comprehensive, ongoing help they need so they can continue to learn in a safe environment.

It should be clear there were severe consequences in this matter. We understand that transparency builds trust, and it is frustrating to some when we don’t release more details. But children deserve and have a right to privacy. Student discipline is confidential for their protection and so that they can succeed.

We have no greater responsibility than to provide a safe environment for kids to learn, and we will continue to do everything we can to prevent terrible incidents like this. So it is important we proceed with our outside investigation into this matter. We have selected the firm Van Dermyden Maddux because it has experience conducting complicated investigations related to discrimination and campus safety. This investigation will provide the District an objective and comprehensive review of all steps taken in this matter so that we can see clearly any actions needed in the future."

Titus' family has hired an attorney, who says they're considering legal action against the other boy's family. He also says there is a criminal investigation underway and charges may be filed.


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