Carter Flores has been in constant pain for nearly a week after an alleged incident at Corona Ranch Elementary School that his mother said goes beyond bullying in the schoolyard.
Madeline Flores said her son was allegedly stabbed in the knee with a pencil on May 25 and the puncture became infected.
“We found out that Carter was very ill because he was very lethargic,” Flores said. “He got a fever over 103 and started throwing up.”
She said Carter was taken to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, where they found he was battling an aggressive form of Strep A bacteria. Since then, the second grader has had two surgeries and fluid drained from his knee.
Attorney Michael Jeandron is representing the Flores family. He said: “We look at all the facts to find out exactly who did what and when.”
Jeandron said the family claimed Carter’s teachers and school officials knew about the bullying and promised to do something about it.
“She told me she would always keep the boys separate in class and make sure they weren’t on the playground together, so I was promised that this would be prevented.”
Jeandron added: “The problem was that they didn’t implement their own plan and allowed Carter to be stabbed with a pencil by another student and now Carter is struggling to recover to fight for his health and better to become.”
Corona-Norco Unified School District said they had completed an investigation into this incident and determined it was an accident.
In a statement, the district said:
“We are saddened to hear that the student’s injury is worse than originally thought and we wish him a speedy recovery. At CNUSD we take all allegations of bullying seriously and are fully investigated as we believe school should be a safe place for all students to learn and grow.”
Flores said her son’s bullying could have been stopped and hopes action will be taken to prevent it from happening to others.
“They deserve to be able to go to school and be in a happy and healthy environment, and their only concern at age 8 should be fun,” she said.
Flores said Carter is expected to have at least one more surgery and will be on antibiotics for up to six weeks to ensure any bacteria are killed.
Also, there is one GoFundMe page set up to help the family with medical expenses.
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