Autistic boy allegedly injured at school
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The adoptive grandparents of an autistic South Florida boy are demanding answers from school officials following an incident that allegedly left their grandson bruised and bleeding.
Debra Oleksak rushed to Bright Horizons Center in Pompano Beach last Thursday after school administrators called her and said Jack Cecil, her 6-year-old grandson, had been hurt. "I was horrified, scared, angry, I was everything," she said, "You don't expect to see your kid a mess."
Besides being autistic, Jack suffers from epilepsy. Even though the incident took place March 14, a scar is still visible on his neck.
In some pictures Debra and Michael Oleksak said were taken last week, there are bruises on his ear and cheek. "We need to find out for certain who did this to Jack," Michael said. "That's our quest right now, we just want to know the truth."
Every morning, Jack gets on the school bus outside the Oleksaks' Coral Springs home. Debra said she reviewed surveillance footage of the bus ride. "The entire video showed nothing, there were no injuries [visible]," she said. "He got off the bus perfectly healthy, like he got on the bus."
The Oleksaks argue the scars had to have come while Jack was at school. "If it was an accident, we want to know what happened. Someone wasn't doing their job. If it wasn't an accident we most definitely want to know," said Debra.
Broward County Schools spokesperson Tracy Clark released a statement to 7News that reads: "Our school district police are working in collaboration with BSO and local agencies with regards to the allegation regarding the student."
The Oleksaks said Jack will now attend school elsewhere. "Oh ,no, oh, no, no, we will not bring him back to that school," Michael said.
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