It all began last Halloween when Brearley had its annual haunted house which is put together by the eighth graders for the younger students.
A 14-year-old girl who was hiding behind the sheets with a few other girls had the task of scaring the students by grabbing their ankles from underneath the sheet. The girl was kicked in the head so severely that her neck was nearly permanently injured. Other girls were also injured, but not as severely.
After the school investigated the incident, they concluded the event as “adolescent exuberance” and that no malicious intent was found. According to a letter sent to the parents, the tradition of the haunted house has been further canceled.
Many parents have expressed frustration that the school took so long to respond to the young girl’s accident. According to a source close to the family, the past few months have been extremely traumatic.
The young victim did not return to school full time until late January, nearly three months after the injury. She has concluded a course of neuropsychiatric therapy and struggled with short-term memory loss.
The school says that they had taken so long to react to the episode because of how thorough the investigation was. Yet still, only one girl has been identified as being involved in the accident.
Neck and back injuries affect children much different than adults. Lifelong injuries are more easily brought upon and because of this fact, authority figures need to have accountability when dealing with cases like these.
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