MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami-Dade middle school student was apparently beaten up so badly by classmates that he had to go to the hospital.
His mother said he suffered a broken jaw and should have gotten medical attention much sooner.
“I want them to go to jail,” said Du Juan St. Germain.
St. Germain could barely speak to CBS4’s Oralia Ortega because of the pain he’s in from a broken jaw.
The sixth grader is home recovering after he said on Monday three older students brutally beat him up at his school, Madison Middle located at 3400 NW 87th St.
His mother is furious.
“I want action to be taken. I want justice to be done,” said his mother, I’lla McKenzie. “The way that he was beaten, right now he’s scared. He’s fearing for his life.”
St. Germain’s mother said her son told her the confrontation happened at the end of PE when one of the boys, an older student, purposely hit him with a basketball.
St. Germain said he threw the ball back, missing the boy and that’s when the boy and two other students beat him up.
St. Germain and the boys ended up getting placed on indoor suspension.
“Why are you placing him on indoor suspension? He got brutally beat. You didn’t even provide him no nurse. No fire rescue, no one to check him out,” said McKenzie.
Once St. Germain’s mother picked him up from school and saw his injuries, she said she tried to get answers from the school to no avail. She then rushed him to the hospital where doctors discovered his jaw was broken in three different places.
“Here, here and here is broken so they wired his jaw bone from top to bottom. screws are from here back and from here back,” said McKenzie.
Miami-Dade Public Schools released the following statement in regards to the incident:
“We don’t condone this type of behavior in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where we teach and reinforce the importance of respect, responsibility and restraint to our students. This is an ongoing police investigation, but preliminary findings suggest that this may have been a mutually combatant situation. In speaking to the school site administrator, the student never complained of injuries following this incident, ate a meal and went home with his mother.”
St. Germain’s mother said once he’s able to go back to school sometime after he’s cleared by doctors over the next week, he’ll be going to a different school.