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We hit some headlines and dig into a story about harming a Black boy under the guise of protecting a White one along with a story about using children to marginalize a child.

Canton 10-year-old charged with assault following schoolyard injury

 

CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Cameishi Lindley was shocked when she got a call from Wayne County Juvenile Court on Wednesday. It was about her 10-year-old son, Bryce.

The soon-to-be fifth grader is charged with Aggravated Assault, following a schoolyard game gone wrong.

“These kids are basically playing a game we all have played,” Lindley told 7 Action News.

According to a police report, another student was struck in the face with a ball. That student’s mother asked that we not use her or her son’s name, but told 7 Action News he has a medical condition that makes head injuries especially dangerous.

The police report filed after the incident stated Lindley intentionally threw the ball at the boy’s face.

“He sustained facial issue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose,” the other parent said.

Medical records showed the then-fourth grader also suffered a concussion.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cameishi Lindley regarding the charge.

Her son was also suspended from school for one day. She feels it should have ended there.

“This is a kid that was playing on the playground with his friends,” she says,

“I tried not to let it get to this point,” the other boy’s mother told 7 Action News.

She said her son had been targeted before, and that she reported it to the school in mid-April, prior to the April 29th incident.

“My son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this. The child apologized to my son and my son said ‘mom it’s okay we’re still going to be friends’.”

She said April 29th was the final straw, and that she was worried for her kid’s safety.

“I am unaware of any of those situations,” Lindley said. “I’m sorry that her child got hurt. I’d be sorry for any child that got hurt.”

She only wishes problems like this could be solved in the classroom, not the courtroom.

Lindley said neither she nor her son knew of the other student’s medical condition, and feels he shouldn’t have been playing a game like that in the first place.

This case will go before a judge in Juvenile Court Aug. 1 for a pre-trial conference.

Lindley has created a fundraiser to help pay for her son’s legal fees, which she says are around $4,000.

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Parents’ distress as drawing of son’s traits pinned up in classroom

The classroom poster to which the boy was asked to add the comments.
 The classroom poster to which the boy was asked to add the comments. Photograph: Linz Powell/Facebook

A 10-year-old boy with special needs who complained of bullying was forced by staff to listen to classmates listing the reasons they didn’t like him – and had to write these on a hand-drawn poster that was then stuck on his classroom wall.

In a case that campaigners say highlights the need for specialist teaching resources, Damian Lightoller’s son, who has traits of autism, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder and is on the special education needs register, was told by his peers he needed to “stop shouting”, “stop annoying us” and “be happy, not sad” if he wanted to have better relationships with them.

The incident, which occurred last year at Allenton Community Primary School in Derby but was only recently discovered by his parents, followed the boy (whom the Observer has chosen not to name) telling the school’s behaviour mentor that he was being bullied. “[My son] approached his behaviour mentor and said he was being bullied and was upset the other children didn’t like him,” Lightoller told the Observer. “So, to try to tackle this, his [behaviour mentor’s] idea was apparently to find out why the other children didn’t like him. So he sat [my son] down, asked the other children why they didn’t like him, and tried to tell [my son] to change those things.