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Mom Wants Justice After Bullies Beat Up Her Special Needs Son On His Way To Class

Mom Wants Justice After Bullies Beat Up Her Special Needs Son On His Way To Class

Vicky Zahn was extremely shocked to see her son being attacked at Muscatine High School in the video that was filmed on Monday.

A distraught mom from Iowa is looking to press charges for her special needs son after shocking video showed him getting brutally attacked at his high school, according to Daily Mail. Mom Vicky Zahn was extremely shocked to see her son being attacked at Muscatine High School in the video that was filmed on Monday. Zahn identified the victim in the video as her youngest son Coby. The video, taken on Snapchat soon began circulating on other social media platforms, according to WQAD



 

"He was walking down the hall, going to his first-hour class," Zahn said describing the video. "This kid came running up behind him... I guess he hit him. My son said 'Dude!' And next thing you know it's pow pow." Coby was punched multiple times by the bully and then knocked up against the hallway lockers. "I think his head bounced off the locker, he hit the floor, and that's all I know," Zahn said.



 

Zahn added that her son special needs and is enrolled in Special Education classes at school. "You don't do that to a handicapped child. My child is handicapped," Zahn said. "He didn't even have the chance to defend himself yesterday... at all." Soon, Coby fell to the ground and he held his hand above his head, but the kids continued to punch him till he eventually blacked out. 



 

"I mean if they did (say) words, let's say they did, that's not a reason to do that to him," Zahn said. Principal Terry Hogenson, with the Muscatine Community School District, issued a statement to parents saying in part: Muscatine High School prides itself on taking a hard line on aggressive behavior. In order for a school to function, the order must be maintained. The safety of all students is paramount in our thinking, processes, and protocols.



 

When an aggressive act occurs, we intervene as quickly as possible. We interview all the individuals involved, involve the police if necessary, and provide appropriate consequences. If an act is egregious enough, charges are filed. No act of aggression is dismissed or accepted within the school setting. While it is impossible to foresee all possible scenarios dealing with aggression, we work with our student body, teachers, counselors, families, and administrative team members to intervene proactively whenever possible.



 

Predominantly, our student body conducts itself positively and displays a culture of caring and support. It is always unfortunate when isolated students make choices that impact the perception of the whole school. I can assure all of our families and students that we will remain vigilant in our dedication to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment at Muscatine High School.  



 

The heartbroken mother, however, wants to take it a step further.  She is now working with school resource officers to press assault charges. "He's special to me," Zahn said. "He is the one that needs me the most out of all my kids... he doesn't know better." As a consequence of the attack, her son suffered a minor hematoma when blood pools between the brain and its outermost covering. However, he returned to school as usual on Tuesday, September 17.



 

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