Father says son found unconscious in bathroom stall was attacked

Published: Mar. 31, 2011 at 3:24 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2011 at 2:52 PM EDT
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8-year-old Mohamed Hussein
8-year-old Mohamed Hussein
Abdikadir Kateba (on left)
Abdikadir Kateba (on left)

By Katie Bauer email | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The father of the Frayser Elementary second grader found unconscious, hanging on a bathroom hook one week ago is speaking out saying his little boy was attacked.

The 8-year-old Frayser Elementary student is back at home after being in the hospital since last Wednesday.

It's been one week since 8-year-old Mohamed Hussein was found unconscious in a bathroom stall. His father says that morning he left for school very happy, but since then everything has changed. "I am feeling very bad not to hear what happened to my kid," said Abdikadir Kateba, father of injured student.

The family moved to Louisville from Somalia in 2005, Kateba speaks very little English, but through a translator, he tells us he got a call his son was in hospital. "He was unable to speak, he was unconscious," said Kateba. "He couldn't speak."

It wasn't until Friday, the Frayser second grader told his dad there were fifth graders in that bathroom. He went on to tell him exactly what happened. "I was in the bathroom using the bathroom, when I got in the bathroom two guys pushed me in," said Kateba. "They hold my neck and try to break my neck. When they tried to break my neck, they hold me in and hang me up."

You can still see marks on Mohamed's neck. JCPS says the students were on a bathroom break and the teacher was standing right outside and heard nothing out of the ordinary. A security guard went in to check on the boy and that's when he was found in the stall.

His father believes there was some serious bullying going on and last week wasn't the first time.

"He has been complaining several times about the school in the bus, getting beat up," said Kateba.

He says he has talked to the school about this. "This couldn't have happened if they would have listened to what I was telling them," said Kateba.

Now frustrations loom, as a father feels helpless, and believes he is being kept in the dark about a situation that could have been prevented. "They are not treating my child like a human being," said Kateba. "They are treating my child like he is not a human being."

JCPS tells us there have been no records of bullying against this child. The boy's father says he wants his son transferred to a different school.

An LMPD investigation is ongoing.

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