9-year-old's thumb broke after another student stomps his hand

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A report filed earlier in August depicts a cruel act by one student to another.

At about 3 p.m. on August 15, a 9-year-old student was getting ready to leave school for the day. The school was Health/Wellness and Environmental Studies Elementary School, 1001 Rosemond Avenue in Jonesboro. As the 9-year-old was tying his shoe, the incident report filed by his 37-year-old mother said one of his male classmates, believed to be the same age, came up and intentionally stomped on his hand.The victim told the aggressor what he had just done but the suspect child reportedly just smiled at him and then got on the bus.

The victim didn’t mention it until he got home and was with his mother. Complaining of pain in his hand, the boy was taken to the hospital where x-rays showed he had a broken thumb. On August 21, the mother had to contact a specialist to set up a surgery to repair her son’s broken thumb. On August 22, the boy had surgery and had a metal rod put in his thumb to repair it, along with a cast put on his whole arm.

Despite the innocent child’s agony, the mother seemed to have difficulty in getting answers from anyone involved.

The woman said on August 16, she contacted the school to speak to an administrator about it. She said she was told the student “had been talked to,” and the student’s parents were given the victim’s familial information to make contact and hopefully, make the situation right.

The troubled student’s parents never called.

The mother of the injured child said the school never called her back either, forcing her to file an incident report with JPD to hopefully find resolution.


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