A Florida school employee “body-slammed” a 12-year-old boy, fracturing his skull and leading to the arrest of at least one school supervisor.
The scuffle happened on Feb. 11 at AMIkids Pinellas, a private non-profit school for at-risk children in St. Petersburg, when the victim was reported to be acting out during lunch.
The man accused of body-slamming the child is 5-foot-7 and about 300 pounds while the 12-year-old weighs about 100 pounds.
The boy was under adult supervision for another two hours before being sent home, with a “trash can on the school bus in the event that the student vomited.
The boy’s mom was not immediately told about the argument and he stayed home from school the following day, believing he had the flu.
He was eventually taken to All Children’s Hospital, where doctors found that “he had suffered a fractured skull, has two subdural hematomas, and a brain bleed,” all injuries linked to the incident at the school.
Jarvis Delon West, 28-year-old from Pinellas Park, was arrested and charged on suspicion of failure to report child neglect and neglect of a child resulting in great bodily harm, according to jail records.
West is a behavioral interventionist at the school and was working as a supervisor the day of the incident, school officials and police said. He is not being charged for the actual altercation.
The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.
West could not be immediately reached for comment at his publicly listed phone number