Boy with Asperger’s syndrome hospitalized in brutal school attack

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LIBERTY, Mo. (KCTV) — A little boy says he was beat up so badly at school that police had to be called. Now his mom says she’s scared for both her kids.

The Kitchen family sends two boys to school at Liberty Middle School. They tell us there are anti-bullying signs everywhere, but they say it wasn’t enough to stop what happened to their youngest son.

Blake Kitchen, 12, has been through a lot this week. He won’t be in school for a while after an assault last Thursday landed him in the hospital for five days.

“I got a call at 7:40 a.m. saying my son was assaulted,” Destiny Kitchen said.

He had a fractured skull and jaw, was leaking spinal fluid and bleeding from his ear.

“Him crying and saying it was so painful and that he was afraid he was going to die. He was like ‘I don’t want to die,'” his mother said.

Serious injuries authorities say at the hands if an eighth grader who’s been bullying Blake’s older brother for some time now. It happened in the cafeteria. Blake, who has Asberger syndrome, ADHD and an anxiety disorder, tried to sit at a table and was confronted by another boy. That’s when he says the boy that’s been bullying his older brother confronted him.

“All he remembers is that his head was being slammed against the lunchroom table and he blacked out,” Kitchen said.

Kitchen says surveillance cameras captured the rest.

“He was punched in the face, picked up and body slammed and kicked after he’d already blacked out,” the mother said as she fought back tears.

Kitchen says what makes this worse is that she’d tried to warn the school of the student in question a month ago with a letter. She says nothing was done.

“This child is a liability to this school, not just for my son, but all children,” she said.

For now, Kitchen’s kids are both out of school. She says they won’t be back unless and until she hears the accused bully is gone for good.

“Anymore hits in the head, he could’ve killed him,” she said.

Liberty police confirm they’re investigating the assault.

The district sent a letter home to parents, a picture of which has been attached.