The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault of an eighth-grade student in Campbell ISD that took place on school grounds, one that the child’s mother alleges is an act of hazing.
The mother, who asked for herself and her son to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, says that she believes the attacks were racially motivated as well.
The child’s mother alleges that two male students confronted her son in the locker rooms at the Campbell school on Sept. 10, with one punching her son in the genitals and another striking the same area with a ruler. She adds that he was taken to the emergency room with extreme pain and was found to have bruising on his groin area.
A police report was filed with the HCSO the same day as a case of assault that causes bodily injury. The mother says she wants the case to be investigated as a sexual assault because of the location of the injuries.
Sgt. Jeff Haines with the sheriff’s office said on Tuesday that the incident is still in open investigation, so no comment can be made at this time.
The mother alleges that her family has received harassment in the community since the incident as well.
“My son has heard racial slurs directed at both him and myself,” she said. “My daughter and son are afraid to go to school.”
The mother has also hired legal representation and filed for Unilateral Placement to take her two children out of the school system to be homeschooled.
CISD Superintendent Dr. Denise Morgan issued a short statement Wednesday.
“Pursuant to federal law, the district is unable to comment or provide further information regarding any student or student disciplinary matter,” Morgan said via email. “As always, the dDistrict’s top priority is the safety and welfare of our students.”
A request for comment on the matter has been issued to CISD Principal Jason Crow on Tuesday, but a response was not given as of presstime Wednesday.