Mother says school waited hours to inform her of son's injuries

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County mother is upset it took her son's school around three hours to call her after another student allegedly attacked him in a bathroom.

"This is an aggravated battery for a dollar," Nikema Rolls told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

She said her 12-year-old son Nyeice Hill was using the bathroom at Salem Middle School on March 12 when a seventh-grade student demanded he give him a dollar.

Nyeice told him he didn't have any money.

"He pushed me against the wall and he grabbed my head and started hitting it against the wall again," the sixth-grader explained.

"He hit a concrete wall and then tried to slam (my son’s) head into a porcelain sink," Rolls said.

Doctors put Nyeice in a neck brace and put him on pain medication for what his mother said was a mild concussion and neck spasms.

According to the police report, another student stepped in and helped Nyeice get away.

Nyeice reported the incident to an administrator and a teacher, but Rolls said she did not get a call about the incident until three hours later.

"I asked them, ‘Well if it happened at 2 o'clock, why am I just now getting a phone call at 5?’ And they told me that they're sorry there was an administrative miscommunication,” Rolls said.
 
DeKalb Schools spokeswoman Lillian Govus said the school day was almost over when Nyeice told staff members and administrators then became occupied with dismissal.

According to the police report, the witness who broke up the fight identified the student, but he could not be located. Govus said the school took disciplinary action against the student and police were pursuing charges against him.



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