Pressley Ridge student terrified to go back to school after attack
Lunchtime beating at school on North Side leaves 12-year-old with slash mark on face
Sliced across the face 3 With a jagged plastic plate And beaten. Tonight This little boy -- Who needed 52 stitches Is now scared to go back to school. Good Evening, I'm Wendy Bell. AND I'M ANDREW STOCKEY. TONIGHT CHANNEL 4 ACTION NEWS REPORTER MARCIE CIPRIANI GOES TO THE SCHOOL WHERE THE BRUTAL ATTACK HAPPENED- AND A MOM IS DETERMINED TO GET 3 3 3 3 3 THROUGH HIS TEARS 3 AND HIS INJURIES- THIS 12 YEAR OLDS PAIN - IS CLEAR. IT IS A PAIN HIS MOTHER SAYS SHE IS STRUGGLING TO EASE- EVEN JUST A LITTLE. 3 SHEHEDA MANLEY IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MAKE HER SON, SHANNON, FEEL SAFE AGAIN AT SCHOOL. WEDNESDAY, HE WAS ATTACKED BY A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENT- HIT IN THE FACE WITH A PLATE IN THE LUNCHROOM MANLEY SAYS, THEN CHASED AND BEATEN -BEFORE THE BOY WAS PULLED OFF OF SHANNON. THE 52 STITCHES THAT LINE HIS FACE, HE SAYS, HURT TERRIBLY- BUT MUCH OF HIS PAIN COMES FROM WITHIN 3 SHANNON TELLS ME HE'S AFRAID TO WALK BACK IN TO PRESSLEY RIDGE,- EVEN THOUGH THE BOY WHO ATTACKED HIM IS CHARGED AND WON'T BE THERE. PRESSLEY RIDGE IS AN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOR KIDS WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES. A SCHOOL SPOKESPERSON ISSUED THIS STATEMENT SAYING THAT THEY TAKE SITUATIONS SUCH AS THIS SERIOUSLY, THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED FOR THE WELFARE OF THEIR STUDENTS AND ARE WORKING WITH POLICE. FOR SHANNON, THAT MEANS LITTLE. HIS WORRIES TO WALK BACK IN TO HIS SCHOOL- ARE CONSUMING. 3 3
Shannon Grant is terrified to go back to school after he was attacked by another students in the lunchroom.
I'm gonna get hurt again," Grant said.
Grant, 12, is a student at the Pressley Ridge school on the North Side, a school for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Grant was rushed to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC after a 16-year-old boy became violent. Grant has a slash mark from the middle of his cheek to his neck
"My child has over 50 stitches in his face right now, could possibly live with that scar for the rest of his life, and he plays football and he's not even allowed to play the sport that he enjoys the most," said Grant's mother, Sheheda Manley.
Grant said he was throwing his food away after eating lunch when he saw the other student and said hello. He said the teen cursed and hit him in the face with a plastic plate before beginning to beat him.
"I said, 'What's up? Hi,' to the boy, and he said, 'Don't (expletive) talk to me,' and he picked up the plate and tried to hit me with it," Grant said. "I started running, and I fell, and he hopped up on me and stated punching me in my face, and I kept on bleeding."
The teen was charged with aggravated assault, and was taken to a juvenile detention center. Manley said she is now looking for answers and a way to help her son feel safe in school.
"For my child to be terrified to go back to school, it hurts me," Manley said.
Fourteen students and seven staff members were in the school cafeteria at the time of Wednesday's incident, according to Kelley Reed, a corporate spokeswoman for Pressley Ridge. She also sent the following statement by email:
"Pressley Ridge's primary focus is to help children who face serious emotional and behavioral challenges. We are dedicated to protecting the safety, health and well-being of our children and families and the community. We, at Pressley Ridge, take situations of this nature very seriously and are deeply concerned for the welfare of all of our students at all times. Pressley Ridge is working closely with the family and Pittsburgh City Police to investigate the incident fully and determine the facts. If there are any further questions regarding this incident, individuals should contact the Pittsburgh City Police Department."
"I don't understand why or how this took place when there was a million staff around, and my child was beat almost to death for nothing," Manley said. "School is supposed to be his safe haven when he's not at home, and I feel they didn't do their job today."
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