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Mother says her son suffered concussion after fight during recess

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Sarah Lake says her son, Ephram Lake, suffered a concussion after a fight in the playground at Concord's South Side Elementary last week. 

"They said if you don't get here in 15 minutes we're calling an ambulance."  That's the phone call Lake says she got last week from her son Prima's elementary school.  "Emphram was, his speech was slurred, he couldn't remember what day it was, he was very confused, he kept repeating things," said Lake.

His parents immediately took him to the hospital.  Lake showed FOX28 her son's medical records which indicate the doctor did find Ephram had an acute concussion, and was prescribed medication for the headaches and nausea.

"He said he was on the playground playing soccer and he bumped into a boy and then the boy said come on hit me and Ephram said no I'm not gonna hit you and the kid swung and hit him in the back of the head," said Lake.  After that Lake says another boy started taking swings at her son too, "hit him in the back of the head, the back of the neck, one to the jaw and one to the cheek."

She says her son told her he had to run to get help and another student went to get a teacher.

Superintendent of Concord Community Schools, Wayne Stubbs, released a statement about the incident. In that statement he called it, "mutual horseplay" and said, "adults immediately intervened."

Lake isn't buying what's written in the statement.  She says her son was bullied.  FOX28 has asked Stubbs for an on-camera interview about this, but he refused.  At the Concord School Board Meeting Monday night he told us he can't talk beyond the statement because of FERPA laws.

Despite her contention with Stubbs' account, Lake says that she just wants to see change at the school, where bullying has been a frequent issue. Since she has gone public with her story, she says she has received many supportive messages from other parents who have had problems with bullying at the school.

"If nothing changes and things continue the way they are, our kids will not be going to Concord South Side, there's no way," said Lake.

The School District's full statement is below:

"On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, during recess, three students became involved in a playground scuffle at South Side Elementary School.  One of the students sustained an injury requiring outside medical evaluation.

Building administrators investigated the incident and determined that the three students initially pushed each other, as mutual horseplay.  Quickly, the students became angry with each other and several punches were thrown.  Adults immediately intervened and took the injured student to the nurse.  All three students shared their account of the incident with school administration.  Disciplinary action was taken after the investigation was complete.

As is our practice, parents were notified of their right to pursue the matter with the sheriff's department; Concord Schools understands that a complaint was filed."


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