A BOY suffered terrible burns and blisters after a girl allegedly “ignited her hair while eating lunch at school”.
The schoolgirl has been charged following an alleged incident on January 12 at John Rolfe High School in Henrico, Virginia.
According to an unnamed mother, who wants to protect her son’s privacy, the 13-year-old girl had her hair set on fire by a classmate while they were having lunch in class due to Covid-19 regulations. -19.
When the boy threw away his lunch tray, the girl followed and pulled out his lighter, WWBT report.
The boy is currently being treated at VCU Medical Center after suffering 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
The mother was notified by a school administrator of the alleged assault.
“All I could hear the teacher saying on the phone was that something was wrong with my son,” she said.
Henrico police and fire service arrived at the school before 12:30 p.m. and determined the boy’s injuries were not fatal.
The boy’s mother said his shoulder-length hair was scorched on his scalp and one side of his head was tilted to the side of his ear.
His neck is also scarred and blistered from burns.
“He was hysterical; He looks scared,” said the mother. “His pride emotionally and mentally were both shattered.”
She said that the school initially took the incident lightly and did not want to press charges against the student.
“What if this is your child? What kind of person will you be, will you be blunt, will you be devastated, how will you feel? Do you feel supported by Henrico County Schools? ” she told WWBT.
A statement from the Principal at the school issued a statement following the events.
It says: “This is Miss George, principal of John Rolfe High School. I am calling to inform you of an incident that occurred in your child’s science class today. A student was burned by a classmate playing with a lighter. The injured student was taken to the hospital and is being treated. At school, we are looking into the matter to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again and take appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Thank you.”
The victim’s mother though said that statement was not enough to address the trauma her son endured.
“You can’t just brush this under the rug and think it’s going to go away, It’s not,” said the mother. “My son is seriously hurt, he’s suffering and it’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to him so you just have to take responsibility.”
The Henrico Fire Police Office has now charged a teenager with unlawful assault.
The matter will be heard in Family and Juvenile Court later this year.
The victim’s mother said she was just glad her son’s injuries were not getting worse, although she added that she did not know how long the boy would be hospitalized.
“Right now, I’m so lucky that I have him and I can talk to him that I can put him in good spirits, I can touch his hand so he can talk. back to me. I’m just happy he’s here,” she said.
Authorities are consulting the Henrico Commonwealth Solicitor’s office during the investigation.
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