BY BUDDY NEVINS
A 14-year-student had his neck broken during an attack at a Miramar public school after a teacher allowed them to “to do essentially what they wanted,” according to the boy’s attorney.
Taishawn Yee had finished the FCAT exam on April 28th when his New Renaissance Middle School history teacher allowed him and other students “to horse around,” attorney Adam Baron says.
“My client and another bigger boy were lifting each other up,” Baron says.
The teacher did nothing, he alleges.
Baron says Yee became wary of the other boy, who was aggressive. Yee started to run around the desk to get away.
The teacher did nothing, Baron alleges.
Roughhousing continued into the hallway at the end of class. The attorney says that is when the bigger boy came up behind Yee and threw him to the ground.
Yee suffered three fractured vertebrae in the neck.
“He’s in a substantial neck brace,” Baron says.
Yee plans to sue the school system later in the year. State law mandates a six month grace period.
Baron says the school system police had investigated the incident, but Yee’s parents do not want to file a criminal complaint.
Here is the news release from Baron’s office:
Middle School Student Injured from Attack by Another Student
Eighth Grader at New Renaissance Middle school suffers broken neck from attack by another student.
Eighth grader, Taishawn Yee, was unexpectedly picked up and thrown down by another student as he walked down the hallway of New Renaissance Middle School on April 28th. The impact was with such force that it caused Taishawn to fracture three vertebrae in his neck. He was rushed by ambulance to Memorial West and then transferred to Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s hospital where he was admitted for neck surgery and had to have screws inserted.
The incident stemmed from the last period where the children, who had been busy taking FCATS earlier that day, were given a free period by their history teacher to do essentially what they wanted. The boys started to engage in horseplay, attempting to lift each other in the classroom which apparently went unnoticed or ignored by the teacher.
Yee’s attacker, a boy who had been previously kicked out of another classroom only days before, wanted to pick him up during the class and Taishawn ran from him. Apparently not satisfied that he didn’t get the opportunity to pick up Taishawn during class followed Taishawn after class in the hallway, snuck up from behind him and threw him down to the ground.
The school was clearly negligent in allowing the boys to engage in horseplay during the classroom, an activity which was easily foreseeable to continue once class was over. Furthermore, no security was present in the hallway, which would have prevented Taishawn’s attacker from acting out. Given that this boy had a history of problems, the question has to also be asked what was he doing in Taishawn’s classroom in the first place.
Location of Incident: New Renaissance Middle School is a Broward County Public School located at 10701 Miramar Blvd, Miramar, FL 33025