In January 2004, at an elementary school in Mississippi, Johnny was sent by his classroom teacher to the Principal's office to be punished. Johnny, who was 10-years-old at the time, did not know the reason for the punishment.
Johnny's mother was called to the school. She came immediately and drove him straight to emergency room where he was examined, X-rayed and given a CT scan. He had no fractures, but suffered serious bruising.
The school board refused to compensate Johnny's family for their medical bills nor accept any responsibility for the events at school. The family contacted several lawyers, all of whom told them nothing could be done and declined the case. Mr. C. continues as Principal at the time of this writing.
Since the incident, Johnny has experienced recurring nightmares. His parents have noticed he exhibits more anger and rage, and seems, in his mother's words, to have "lost his childhood." To this day, he doesn't know the reason for his beating.
Mississippi Division of Family and Children's Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) says the following about punishment-related injuries:
"In regard to physical abuse, it is important to understand that although parents, guardians and custodians are legally allowed to utilize corporal punishment, they are not allowed to cause bruises... Any evidence of such will constitute abuse..." Source: www.mdhs.state.ms.us/fcs_prot.html
The hospital where Johnny was examined failed to report the incident to CPS.
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