Gene Lehmann Managing Editor
The Ada News
City police interviewed potential witnesses at Hayes Elementary School Wednesday after an incident last week left a young girl with a broken leg.
While names of the victims and three individuals allegedly responsible for it were withheld due to their ages, police are investigating and the matter could eventually be turned over to the district attorney’s office after review by juvenile authorities.
An Oklahoma City television station is reporting the youngster was attacked on the playground and suffered a broken leg at the hands of bullies, which was alleged by her father.
Daniel Smith told KFOR two of three “bullies” picked up his little girl at school on Friday and “slammed her to the ground.”
Ada Schools also are looking into the matter, according to superintendent Pat Harrison.
Harrison said a safe environment for children was the district’s top priority and it was seeking to determine if the incident was intentional or playground horseplay that became too rough.
Parents of the injured youngster have filed a complaint with city police alleging harassment and assault.
The youngster was treated at an Ada hospital and then flown to Oklahoma City for further treatment.
Harrison was quoted by KFOR as saying the school district takes bullying very serious and policies are in place. “We talk to kids, we talk to parents, we talk to teachers, we talk to everyone involved in the situation and try to get to the bottom of it,” Harrison was quoted by KFOR.
Harrison told The Ada News officials are still working to determine if this was a one-time incident or if this was a repeated act of bullying.
In his comments to the station, the girl’s father said the bullying had been going on for a month or more and was reported to school officials.