Ruben Aguilar, the parent of a first-grade student at Crowell Elementary School, in Turlock says his son was stabbed in the throat with a pencil by a fellow male student last Thursday.
Turlock Police Department spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis confirmed that officers were called to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock regarding the stabbing at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The 6-year-old boy allegedly responsible for the stabbing was not arrested, Lewis said; state penal code legislates that young children lack the mental capacity to commit crimes.
The boy was transported by ambulance from Emanuel to Children’s Hospital Central California for treatment, Lewis said.
Aguilar contacted TurlockCityNews.com because he says his son has been the victim of repeated bullying at the school. He feels the school has not responded to his complaints.
“He was having trouble with bullying and everybody we talked to – there is nothing I feel like being done,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I would like to make this public so this doesn’t happen to another kid, and the bullying that’s going on at that school will stop.”
The incident remains under investigation, with a school resource officer involved. Lewis said that the initial police report does not include witness or school official statements.
At this time it is unknown if Aguilar’s son has returned to school, or the current state of his medical condition. Aguilar has not returned TurlockCityNews.com phone calls for further comment following his e-mail.
It is also unknown if the child who allegedly stabbed Aguilar’s son remains at school.
After the stabbing occurred, Aguilar says his son sat in the school office with a pencil stuck in his neck. Aguilar was unable to immediately pick up his child as he was in Modesto undergoing a dental procedure.
Aguilar says his father; the boy’s grandpa, ultimately picked the boy up.
Turlock Unified School District officials and Crowell Elementary School administrators were not immediately available for comment on the incident.
TurlockCityNews.com will provide more information about the stabbing as it becomes available.