PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - An 8-year old boy is bullied day in and day out at school, according to his family. Now, his mom says it has gone too far after he came home battered and bruised.
"He needed help and no adult was there and it was in the middle of the lunchroom and no one came to help him," his mom told FOX 29.
Aiesha Ayala broke down in tears after she says her 8-year-old son Syris was repeatedly punched and kicked by a couple of bullies at lunch Wednesday. The second grader at Ethan Allen School in the Northeast ended up at the hospital with bruises to his back and pain in his eye.
Syris' mom says the constant bullying has spiraled out of control. She says the principal and the school district are not doing enough to protect her son. She's documented it all, including the many trips to the doctor.
"In the last two months, we went to the hospital I would say about four times," she said. "They kicked him in the private so hard last month I had to take him to the ER and they found blood in his urine."
"They always try to hurt me. They always want to take my lunch--always try to fight me," Syris said.
Aiesha says the district did have someone shadowing Syris to prevent bullying, but that only lasted two weeks.
"He doesn't want to go to school no more. He doesn't want to do anything," she said.
Syris admits he is afraid to go back.
"I want to go to a new school that I get to each lunch peacefully and I get to learn and get to read books all day, get to do math and have fun," Syris said.
"I just want to figure this out. I need help. I need the school district to help me. Any help I can get. I need him to get out of this school. It's not safe," Aiesha said.
The school district says it takes bullying very seriously. Spokesman Lee Whack issuing a statement that reads in part:
"We are aware of issues raised by the parent at Ethan Allen Elementary School, we have taken steps to address this matter, and will continue to investigate. It is important that these issues are addressed appropriately and that neither adults nor students resort to threats or violence."