Autistic boy goes to hospital after school cafeteria beating

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An eighth-grader with autism has returned to a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital after suffering complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents said.

Twelve-year-old Blake Kitchen, of Liberty, has a cracked skull, a fractured jaw and damage to his ear that may require surgery, his mother said.

“It makes me sad and angry to see him have that moment of terror,” Destiny Kitchen told Fox 4 News. “Is your son going to make it? To listen to him cry and say, ‘Mommy, I’m going to die. Please don’t let me die. I’m not ready.’ It could have been avoided.”

Blake has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and likes to sit at the same spot each day in the Liberty Middle School cafeteria. His parents say that turned troublesome last Thursday, when a boy moved Blake’s belongings from his seat. When Blake asked the boy to move, another boy began hitting him until he blacked out.

Destiny Kitchen said the boy who attacked Blake is much bigger than him and has had several in-school suspensions. That boy, whose name has not been released, is in juvenile detention while Liberty police investigate.

Blake’s parents said they sent a letter to the middle school’s principal about a month ago, complaining about the same boy bullying Blake’s older brother. But nothing was done.

Blake spent four days at Children’s Mercy Hospital and returned to the hospital Tuesday to treat more bleeding.

“My ear hurts, my jaw hurts, my back hurts and that’s all,” the boy said.

The Liberty School District says in a written statement that the incident involving Blake is being reviewed and school leaders are cooperating with police.

Calls on Tuesday to the school superintendent’s office and Liberty police were not immediately returned to The Associated Press.

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