OPINION: Bullying Incident At Last Night’s LMS Dance Highlights Problem

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Photo submitted by parent Matt Callahan in an opinion piece submitted the day after the Lincoln Middle School Dance.
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The following was written and submitted by Matt Callahan.

Last night at the Green River Lincoln Middle School dance, my son was attacked and knocked unconscious.

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A bully was pushing a kid around in the hallway.

My son asked the kid in a non-threatening manner and with a soda pop in his hand, to stop bullying the kid.

He said, “hey, let’s just have fun at the dance.”

The bullying kid turned and attacked my kid viciously striking him twice. My son was knocked unconscious with his lips split open and covered with blood.

An ambulance was called to treat him.

As a parent, I was notified by the attending dance attendant.

I showed up at the school, and there was blood all over the floor and kids were crying and freaking out.

I went upstairs to the school office where my son was. I went to see if he was ok. My son’s upper and lower lips were split, and he had blood all over the nice clothes he carefully prepared earlier.

The kid who attacked him was sitting in a chair clenching his fists and glaring at me.

I asked him why he attacked my son; he said: “people should know not to mess with me because of my anger issues.”

He said it is everyone else’s fault that this happened.

As we were leaving the school office, the bullying kid told my 8-year-old daughter he could put her in the ambulance too!

I then followed the ambulance to Memorial hospital to have my son’s lip stitched up and have a chunk of severed lip flesh removed and checked for possible head injuries.

This incident brings up major issues with our kid’s safety!

I have never seen this type of thing happen at a school dance!

Kids that are a threat to our children should never be allowed to attend these events without proper supervision.

And the parents of children with these type of anger issues should not allow their kids to attend events where they hurt our kids.

I have not had the opportunity to speak with the Green River School Superintendent yet.

As a parent, we need to protect our children.

With budget cuts in the schools, this is a huge issue! Our kid’s safety should come first!