The parent of a 13-year-old student at Englewood Leadership Academy said her son was brutally attacked Nov. 7 by two of his classmates and the incident is heading to juvenile court.
The Englewood Herald reached out to the parent but as of press time has not received a response and will not use their name unless given permission.
The parent said her son was on his way to basketball practice at the Englewood Campus — which houses Englewood Middle School, Englewood High School and Englewood Leadership Academy — when he was "he was viciously attacked and beaten," according to a GoFundMe post.
The parent wrote the attack happened at Lehigh Avenue and Logan Street near the campus and Englewood police spokesperson Scot Allen confirmed that police had responded to the incident. Allen did not elaborate on specifics or if any suspect had been arrested, citing privacy given those involved are believed to be minors.
Eric Ross, spokesperson for the 18th Judicial District, confirmed that a minor was arrested by Englewood police Nov. 7 and charged with second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury, a felony.
"Per Colorado law concerning the release of juvenile information, we are unable to release further details at this time," Ross said.
The parent, according to her online post, said her son "sustained multiple facial fractures, a severe concussion, mild head trauma" and that his top and bottom teeth were knocked out. The parent wrote that her son has gone through reconstructive surgery and will continue with a series of surgeries and specialty appointments for some time to come.
"He will be forever impaired," the parent wrote. Her son "is one of many students in our Englewood community to suffer from the outrageous bullying and attacks that are both physical and emotional."
The parent wrote that she wants the school district to do more to prevent bullying and hold attackers accountable.
"When is this vicious cycle going to end," the parent wrote. "When are our school officials going to step in and start to protect our children instead of secluding them to protect themselves and an image?"
In a statement to district staff and parents Nov. 23, Englewood Public Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin said the incident took place more than two hours after school ended and not on school property.
"Recently, I was made aware that some in our community heard or believed the assailants were wearing ski masks, that the adult bystander was injured, and that the district had not imposed any consequences for students involved," Rubin said. "After consulting with staff and those who have reviewed video footage of the event, I do not believe any of these rumors to be credible."
Rubin said the district "takes seriously those incidents that occur outside of our supervision that jeopardize the welfare of students" and said the district "took action" according to its student code of conduct.
"Students face consequences of the things like this and the consequences are significant," Rubin told Colorado Community Media, adding that the district is still conducting its own internal investigation of the incident along with the 18th Judicial District.
"It's just a sad and ugly situation all the way around, these are kids and that hurts and my heart," Rubin said. "We want our students and staff to feel safe in our schools ... and I hope the feeling of safety extends beyond our school walls."
Update Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m.: This article has been updated to include additional statements from Englewood Public Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin.
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