Beaufort News

Boy injured by fellow student at Robert Smalls

A sixth-grader was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with a mild head injury this week after he was shoved near a boys bathroom at Robert Smalls Middle School.

The boy's mother reported to the school resource officer that about 2 p.m. Tuesday her 11-year-old son was pushed by another student, causing him to hit his head on the wall, according a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The student told a deputy that he was in the bathroom when he was confronted by a 12-year-old student who pushed him three times. The report did not say why the altercation took place.

The deputy reported seeing a knot on the side of the boy's head but was unable to immediately interview the other student because the incident wasn't reported until after school, according to the report.

The boy's mother said she drove her son to the hospital for a CT scan after reporting the incident to school authorities. He was released Tuesday but returned Wednesday night after he vomited and briefly blacked out at friend's house.

His mother said he now is home and feeling better.

This is the third altercation the boy has been involved in since his family moved to Beaufort from upstate New York last month -- his mother said he was shoved by a student in early September and kicked in the groin by a student later that month. Different students were involved in each incident, she said.

He had no problem with physical incidents in New York, his mother said.

The child's father said he felt his son was singled out by other students and school employees didn't do enough to prevent future problems.

"I don't feel he was very well protected," he said. "The school should do more to protect the children."

His son will transfer to Whale Branch Middle School instead of returning to Robert Smalls, he said.

A school district spokesman said the incident was handled at the school level and appropriate disciplinary action was taken against the students involved.

Staff reporter Patrick Donohue contributed.