Middle school student brutally attacked at school, family says

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — A Hall County middle school student was body slammed and knocked unconscious, his mother told Channel 2 Action News.

Channel 2's Matt Johnson learned it's not the first time the boy has been bullied.


Cristopher Tivera, 13, is recovering from head injuries after he said his head hit the ground. He was attacked at his locker.

"I was told in the hospital that my son could have been given to me, dead," said his mother, Fabiola Tavira.

Cristopher said he was trying to walk away from the student when he picked him up from behind before class by his locker. His mother said witnesses told her what happened when he lost consciousness.

"My son was in convulsions and the kid was still hitting on him," she said.

Friday's attack is the fifth time she said students have hurt him and she says she has tried to tell school officials.

"I want them to listen to me. I'm not the only one this is happening to, and they need to give it the attention it needs," she said.

The Superintendent for Gainesville City Schools told Johnson the information he can release is limited but said:

The incident is being taken very seriously and was investigated promptly and thoroughly along with the School Resource Officers….We are committed to supporting the rights and dignity of the students involved and strive to create a safe environment for student learning.

Cristopher's mother said she'd like to see more awareness at the school about the consequences of bullying.

"Bullying is worse than what they think," she said.

The district has not said what punishment, if any, the other student faces.