Mother calls for investigation into daughter’s injuries school calls result of playground fall
A Mississippi mother is demanding answers from both her daughter’s elementary school as well as the police over the horrific injuries her 5-year-old daughter sustained, which the school has dismissed as the result of playground fall.
According to Lacey Harris, her daughter, AvaLynn, returned home last week from Arlington Elementary School with massive facial bruising which the mother claims is the result of being kicked in the face by another student, according to GulfLive.
When Harris asked for an explanation, she was told by the school that nothing violent happened to the little girl and that she fell while on the playground.
On the ‘Justice for AvaLynn’ Facebook page, a poster tells a different story, writing: “AvaLynn informed Lacey that she was assaulted by another student: that she was kicked repeatedly in the face until she fell off of the slide on the school’s playground. The school informed Lacey were no teachers present when the incident occurred, and because of that, no one could prove whether or not another student had harmed Ava.”
Harris filed a report with with the Pascagoula Police Department on Thursday, but the police thus far are deferring to the school.
According to Pascagoula Police Department Lt. Jim Roe, “The mother alleges another child kicked her child on the slide. Right now, there’s no indication something criminal took place. I have spoken with school security, and an assistant superintendent is investigating the matter.”
The Pascagoula School District has issued a statement, saying: “A student was injured while playing on the playground at Arlington Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. School officials responded to the situation. The parent was contacted and the student received medical treatment. No other children were involved in the incident. The Pascagoula School District remains committed to the safety of all its students.”
Despite Harris’ request for a full investigation police have indicated that they may not proceed because they don’t believe a crime was committed.
In the meantime, Harris has created a gofundme page to help raise funds for AvaLynn’s treatment, saying the little girl required a CAT scan to check for further injuries and may need surgery.
[Image Justice for AvaLynn Facebook page]