Mother: School district didn’t do enough to stop bullies’ attack on son

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AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora mother is frustrated at her son’s bus driver, who she says didn’t do enough to stop an attack from bullies.

Clay Heartly, 11, was hurt so badly, he was reportedly choked until he passed out. Now his mother, , Lachelle Heartly, is demanding answers and demanding to see the video of the incident, which has yet to be released.

According to the Aurora Police Department, the incident happened on Jan. 29 on the bus on the way to Edna Mosley Middle School.

“All I remember was my head getting slammed into the seat and then me falling to the ground,” the sixth-grader said.

He said he was knocked unconscious twice when a bully attacked him.

“We wrestled a little bit, then he pushed me down and just like started slamming my head into the seat,” Clay said.

His mother said he came home early from school that day complaining of a headache, but couldn’t remember what happened. A week later, she said the school contacted her to view a video of the incident.

“They’re dragging him to the back of the bus unconscious,” Heartly said.

She said she rushed him to the emergency room after she saw the video. Her son had a concussion.

While Heartly said the video is difficult for her to watch, it’s what she didn’t see that she is really upset about.

“It was snippets. They cut and pasted what they wanted me to see. And I would just like to see the entire thing,” she said.

Aurora Public Schools is not releasing the video because of student privacy laws. FOX31 Denver also called the district and was told the same thing. Heartly wants to see it because she is not convinced the bus driver did anything to protect her son or help him after the incident.

“I don’t know how long he was laying there,” Heartly said.

We asked Clay if the bus driver needs to pay more attention to students. He said yes because “if he was paying attention this might not have happened.”

Heartly suggested adult bus monitors should ride on every route to assist drivers in supervision. Aurora Public Schools utilizes adult monitors, but not on every route.

The district responded with a statement: “Student safety is a top priority in Aurora Public Schools. When we learned of this incident, we launched a full investigation. We can assure you that we took appropriate disciplinary action for the students involved, but due to privacy laws we cannot discuss the details.”

Aurora Public Schools could not comment on what disciplinary action was taken against the other students involved. Aurora police confirmed that assault and battery charges have been filed against one of the two students suspected in the attack.

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