The mother of a 10-year-old Michigan boy is speaking out after learning her son will now face legal charges, the result of a seemingly innocent game of dodgeball at school during recess. Cameishi Triplett Lindley wrote about the incident on Facebook, stating her son was playing a game of tips/dodgeball during recess when another child was injured. Lindley's son was suspended, and she felt the situation had been dealt with. She was recently informed that her son, Bryce, is being charged with aggravated assault in the 3rd Circuit Juvenile Court in Detroit, Michigan.
Lindley explained what happened in a fundraising post writing, "The ball that Bryce threw “allegedly” resulted in the other student having a concussion. After meeting with the Principal about why Bryce was suspended while the other students who fully participated in this game were not, the Principal disclosed that the injured student has a pre-existing condition, “Chronic brain stem infliction..."
The mother of the boy who was injured told 7 Action News that her son sustained a concussion while playing the game, as well as other injuries. "He sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose," his mother said. The police report stated that Bryce threw the ball at the child's face on purpose.
Lindley told the news station she "couldn't believe it" when she learned her son was now facing charges. "This is a kid that was playing on the playground with his friends," she said.
The mother of the boy who was struck stated that she "tried not to let it get to this point." She said her son has been targetted in the past and she reported an incident to the school in mid-April. "My son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this. The child apologized to my son and my son said 'mom it’s okay we’re still going to be friends'."
"I am unaware of any of those situations," Lindley said. "I’m sorry that her child got hurt. I’d be sorry for any child that got hurt." Still, she says that she wasn't aware that the other child had such a serious condition and feels that he shouldn't be playing such games with his medical condition. "Clearly, this student should not have been playing a physical contact sport," she wrote in her Facebook post.
Lindley noted that her son is due to make his first appearance in court on August 1. She has since more than tripled her fundraising goal of $4000 to pay for her legal fees.