Video: Mother Sues After Detroit School Authorities Slam Son on Ground, Break His Jaw
July 6th, 2018, 8:13 AM
A mother has filed a lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools following an incident last October in which an assistant principal at West Side Academy High School slammed her 14-year-old son on the ground. A resource officer then allegedly broke the boy's jaw, WDIV reports.
Elijah Wynn tells WDIV's Jermont Terry that he tried to go back inside West Side Academy High School on McKinley Street 40 minutes after school was out to get his wallet. The assistant principal told him he couldn't come back in.
"He was, like, 'You can't come in. You can't come in,' and I'm trying to tell him I need to get my wallet," Wynn said.
Wynn said he was persistent. The assistant principal pushed him through two sets of doors and slammed him to the ground.
"He tripped me and his knee just instantly went to my chest," Wynn said.
He tells WDIV a security officer then came out and punched him, breaking his jaw. His mother has since pulled him out of Detroit Public Schools.
The District issued a statement to WDIV:
"The district has not been served with a lawsuit regarding this issue so we are unaware of the specifics regarding the claim. We will investigate the matter at that time and determine our position and response. The video in question relates to a student who was not authorized to enter the school and was repeatedly asked to leave by several school officials."