The six-year-old boy who was stabbed in the throat by a fellow classmate at Crowell Elementary School on Feb. 27 has transferred to another school to avoid further bullying.
Ruben Aguilar, the father of the first grader who was stabbed in the throat with a pencil by a classmate, says that in the weeks prior to the horrific incident he had alerted Crowell personnel on three separate occasions that his son was being bullied by the classmate.
Aguilar wants to know why school administration never responded to his complaints.
Crowell Principal Linda Alaniz has yet to respond to a message from TurlockCityNews.com.
Aguilar says his son is physically fine now, and has since transferred to another undisclosed school. But Aguilar says that, to his knowledge, the child who stabbed his son received nothing more than a lunchtime detention.
“The school seems to not be taking this seriously. So I went up to the district office and met with Gil Ogden (TUSD Director of Student Services) who just kept cutting me off and saying that he can’t say confidential information,” said Aguilar. “It is like they care more about the kid who stabbed my son and don’t want to do anything but protect him. My son is terrified of going to school. He wants a police officer with him because he is afraid that the boy is going to stab him again. He is six years old and he is afraid to go to school.”
Following the stabbing, the boy went to the school office and the school called Aguilar. Aguilar and his wife were in Modesto when the call came, undergoing a dental procedure.
Aguilar said he was shocked to learn the school did not call for an ambulance immediately.
“The school said they are hesitant to call the ambulance because parents get mad, because then they (the parents) have to pay for it,” explained Aguilar.
TurlockCityNews.com contacted the Turlock Unified School District multiple times in search of comment. The district did not return calls.
The only comment TUSD provided came from Superintendent Sonny Da Marto.
“We are not allowed to speak about confidential student information,” he said via his executive assistant, in regards to what kind of punishment the boy received.
The district failed to comment regarding the district’s procedure for emergency situations, such as a child with a pencil in his neck. The district also failed to comment on the procedure for addressing complaints of bullying.
Aguilar says he called his father, the boy’s grandfather, to pick him up at the school.
The boy’s grandfather, whose name is unknown at this time, posted on Facebook via Ruben Aguilar’s page, “When I went to pick him up he was sitting there with a pencil just dangling. I ask where the nurse was they said she was somewhere else at another emergency. I’d like to know what the emergency was? Then they asked me if I wanted to pull the pencil out all I asked (for was a) damn piece of tape and taped it to his chest. I feel they should have called an ambulance, he could have been bleeding internally.”
The grandfather transported the boy to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
Aguilar met his son and the grandfather at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock a short time later, after driving from Modesto to Turlock at which time he contacted Turlock Police. TPD spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis says a school resource officer took a report of the incident.
Aguilar says hospital staff at Emanuel directed the boy be taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera.
“They couldn’t believe the school didn’t call the ambulance,” said Aguilar. “The pencil didn’t break through the trachea (windpipe) in his throat but they wanted him to go to Madera because they were concerned the impact of the pencil caused an air pocket in there.”
Crowell Elementary Student, 6, Stabs Classmate in Throat
Photos Courtesy of Ruben Aguilar
Photos Courtesy of Ruben Aguilar