Special Needs Student Attacked in Delaware High School Cafeteria - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Special Needs Student Attacked in Delaware High School Cafeteria

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    An investigation is underway after cellphone video captured a disabled student being physically attacked inside a cafeteria. Now, that student's mom says her son doesn't feel safe going back to school. NBC10's Tim Furlong has the story.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 6, 2017)

    A Delaware high school student with special needs was assaulted by another student and then suspended for using inappropriate language. 

    Now, the victim’s mom says her son doesn’t want to go back to school.

    Rose Boyles said her son, Josh, was beat up in the Caesar Rodney High School cafeteria after an argument with another student over a girl.

    Just when her son through the argument seemed to be over, felt a punch to the back of his head, Boyles said. And the blows kept coming.

    “The boy jumped over the table and continued to punch my son,” Boyles said.

    A video showed her son attempting to protect his head as the second student threw punch after punch. Josh remained on the ground for the duration of the attack. 

    After the ordeal ended, Josh was suspended for two days while the student who punched him was charged with offensive touching.

    “It’s more than offensive touching,” Boyles said. “It is actual assault.”

    Josh, who has special needs, refuses to return to school and Boyles said she wouldn’t feel comfortable sending him there anyway.

    Caesar Rodney High School said in a statement that “disciplinary action was taken and an arrest was made."