A Northeast High School student is accused of assaulting a vice principal during a disagreement on Dec. 11.
But the boy's father says the administrator so badly hurt his son that he was left with a concussion that authorities failed to properly treat.
"I would like some answers as to what really went down," Antonio Bradshaw said on Dec. 19. "I want to know the truth. Not just one side of the story."
His 15-year-old son, Antonio Bradshaw Jr., was arrested about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the school, which is at 413 Van Brunt Blvd.
Vice principal Tracy McClain, 51, reported to police that the student had put him in a headlock after an altercation. McClain reportedly was in significant pain and could not get up from the floor. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The student that morning had left his bicycle in McClain's office. He showed up mid-morning to retrieve it, but McClain said he couldn't get it back until classes had ended for the day, according to police.
The vice principal told police that after he refused the student's request that the student forced his way into the office and attacked the vice principal. McClain said he fell on a chair during the scuffle, injuring his back.
He did not return to his school on Wednesday.
A school security officer reportedly had to pull the teen off McClain.
But Bradshaw said McClain left his son bruised and bleeding. He said his son was held in a jail facility when he needed medical treatment for a concussion. He said he rushed him to Children's Mercy Hospital the next day after his son made his court appearance.
"I was just really lost for words. I just know he needed medical attention and the fast that I could get him there would be better," Bradshaw said. "I didn't understand how the vice principal gets a comfortable ride to the hospital and my son gets a comfortable ride to the cell ... My main is they let him spend the night under this condition in the facility and he could have died in his sleep."
His son offered his explanation for what transpired in McClain's office. The teen said he had been accused of attacking another student so he want to get his bike so he could leave school early.
"He turned around and slammed the door, but my foot stopped the door from hitting me," the teen said. "Then he started pushing me and when he grabbed me and started pushing my head back. That's when I pushed him and we both fell. When we fell, I tried to get up."
The family has retained an attorney, Henry Service, who has taken the family's concerns to the Kansas City School Board.
"It's easy to say in these instances that here's a kid who was skipping and he deserved what he got," Service said. "You aren't allowed to beat up a child cause he's doing something wrong."
Service said his client did not attack McClain, who he contends used excessive force.
"I think we have an epidemic in this country of over-aggressive reactions to African-American men and here we have a child at least was on the ground bleeding and hurt with a concussion and no one bothered to say, 'Let's take him to the hospital,'" Service said. "The injuries speak volumes about the level of force that was used and people are circling the wagons."
District officials said they have launched an internal investigation, but citing privacy concerns said they could not further discuss Bradshaw's concerns.
The high school student was suspended for 10 days. He's on house arrest and facing assault charges in criminal court.
"I'm bothered by the whole situation," Bradshaw said. "I've been to the school board and gotten nowhere. I want him out of this school."
After the alleged assault, parents and students said they fear that students in gangs and other issues are worsening.
Robert Saunders was one of numerous parents who told KCTV5 that they are concerned about school safety.
"It's like you don't know if your kids are going to come home or not," Saunders said.
Paloma Ramos, a student, said she believes the students, not the teachers and staff, are running Northeast High.
"Many teachers give up on students and students give up on teachers," said Oscar Garcia, a student. "They give up on us and most students don't care no more."
Extra police officers were at the school today in response to the attack on McClain as well as after two 16-year-old boys were shot by a rival gang while walking near Budd Park.
In a statement, the Kansas City School District said it is working with the Kansas City Police Department in regards to both the assault involving the vice principal and the shooting involving the students in the old Northeast area of Kansas City.
"KCPS will continue to work vigorously with local clergy, community groups, businesses and families to provide solutions that enhance the lives of children and open a pathway to behavior that reflects the values of Kansas City," the school district statement reads.
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