Nearly a month after his parents warned the school about a bully, Blake Kitchen was beaten by him and sustained a broken jaw and fractured bones in his head. The 12-year-old from Liberty, Missouri, was eventually released from the hospital after a five-day stay.
Kitchen, an autistic sixth-grader, said he was beaten by an eighth-grade student who weighs more than 200 pounds. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was bleeding from one of his ears.
Kitchen described the attack to KMBC, saying, “I thought I was going to die. It felt like all my bones in my body were broken.”
Blake’s mother, Destiny Kitchen, claimed that she filed a complaint with the school. She was concerned about older boys bullying her son. She thinks that this attack confirms that the school mishandled the bully situation.
“It is a nightmare," she said. "It shouldn't have been this. I'm terrified to send him back to school.”
Blake’s mother said she feared for her son’s life as well.
“I'm glad he's alive," she said, "because he could have not made it and it is maddening.
“(He was) saying, 'I don't want to die, Mommy. Please,'" she continued. "And watching him throw up every time he moved his head, the blood coming out of his ears, them not knowing there was spinal fluid coming out."
The Liberty Public Schools system released a statement. Police also released a statement saying that an assault report was filed and the investigation is ongoing.
The school’s statement read: “The incident that occurred between two students on Thursday, Feb. 19 is currently being reviewed. The incident has been turned over to local authorities and Liberty Public Schools will cooperate fully to assist in this process."
Blake’s family said they are waiting for doctors to determine if he needs surgery to fix his hearing in one ear.