Ruben Aguilar has confirmed he will “definitely” seek legal action against the Turlock Unified School District, following a Feb. 27 incident where his six-year-old son was stabbed in the throat by a fellow classmate.
“Of course I'm going to sue because if I don't sue them and hold them accountable, then nothing is going to change,” he said. “I want the kid who stabbed my son removed from the school and I want something to happen to the principal and other people (both at the school and the district office) who ignored me.”
School administrators allegedly failed to act after Aguilar informed them repeatedly that his boy was being bullied. The bully is the same boy who allegedly stabbed Aguilar’s son.
Additionally, administrators or office personnel allegedly let Aguilar’s son sit in the office with a pencil sticking out of his neck, rather than call an ambulance. The boy was later sent to the Children’s Hospital Central California by ambulance after Emanuel Medical Center doctors determined the injury could be extremely serious.
Aguilar’s son has since transferred to another school. Aguilar says his son is now afraid to go to school, and wants a police officer to protect him.
According to Aguilar, the boy responsible for the stabbing was only given a lunchtime detention, and is already back in the same class.
Investigation Soon to be Launched … Or Already Completed?
In light of the growing controversy and publically emerging details of the stabbing, TUSD Board Trustee Deborah Martin says district administration is expected to launch an investigation into the school’s actions prior to and after the stabbing.
“We don’t know all the facts so I have to hold off on comment for now. There is not enough information available yet. This is a very unfortunate situation and I feel for the family. We will get to the bottom of this,” she said.
However, in televised media reports TUSD Assistant Superintendent Mike Trainor – at the direction of TUSD Superintendent Sonny Da Marto – issued a statement indicating an investigation was already conducted.
“All policies and procedures were followed throughout the course of a very thorough investigation,” Trainor said. “Due to the confidentiality in dealing with minors, the Turlock Unified School District is required to refrain from discussing the details of this incident.”
At this time it is unclear when or if an investigation was conducted, or which TUSD officials conducted the investigation. TUSD administration has failed to respond to multiple requests for comment from TurlockCityNews.com.
Photos Courtesy of Ruben Aguilar