GRAPHIC VIDEO: Horrific bullying attack left sixth-grader with permanent brain damage, lawsuit alleges
A caught-on-video case of brutal bullying left a Los Angeles sixth-grader with permanent brain damage, a new lawsuit alleges.
The attack involved a 14-year-old student who shoved his 12-year-old target up against a wall in a stranglehold at the Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School, part of the Green Dot Public School initiative funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, the complaint states.
“The violent choking attack caused significant permanent neurological and physical injury and emotional terror to a completely vulnerable child who was betrayed by the school entrusted to protect him,” the lawsuit obtained by the Daily News alleges.
In the horrific video obtained by TMZ.com, the older student grabs the smaller student’s backpack and quickly overpowers him as other kids mill around and watch the January 2018 incident.
An unidentified school staffer walks by at one point, cranes her neck to get a better look and seems unconcerned when the larger boy moves away and the smaller child appears limp and hunched over in distress.
“As plaintiff grasped for his last breath, defendant staff member Doe 1 callously walks away without offering any aid or assistance. Plaintiff was then left to drift in and out of consciousness and suffer from seizures for a significant amount of time,” the 19-page lawsuit states.
The bully, who is seen wearing athletic gloves in the video, eventually pulls the boy up and walks him over to a nearby water fountain as the boy clutches his throat.
The victim allegedly had a seizure, was foaming at the mouth and passed out after he was carried by a school staffer to a nearby office and laid on the floor, the lawsuit claims. Twenty minutes passed before school staff called paramedics, the complaint alleges.
“When instances occur that run counter to our core values and our mission, we promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaint and take appropriate corrective action, including identifying any issues that may be addressed through restorative justice practices,” he said.
According to the lawsuit filed by Ben Meiselas of Geragos & Geragos, the 12-year-old victim suffered “significant injuries to (his) brain, cervical spine, and post traumatic sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy.”
“Plaintiff has regressed socially, emotionally, and academically as a result of the trauma he has sustained,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff will likely have to seek treatment for the remainder of his life to manage the permanent traumatic brain injuries he sustained.”
The complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court says the 14-year-old attacker had a history of misconduct and had physically attacked another student just days earlier.
The alleged bully pushed another student into the tires of a school bus in the prior assault known to both staff and administrators, the lawsuit alleges.