6:33 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
A 15-year-old Northwest High School student spent the day in a hospital room instead of a classroom Wednesday.
"When I got to the nurse's office her face was all swollen," said Precious Stone, the girl's mother.
Stone said her daughter had been telling her for weeks about a group of girls who she said were harassing her. A few times, she said the girls had chased her daughter from the bus stop.
Stone said she told Northwest's principal and vice principal about her concerns for her daughter. Tuesday, she said the school helped rearrange the student's schedule in an effort to separate her from the group of girls.
But Wednesday morning, those girls allegedly jumped Stone's daughter inside a classroom. An ambulance took her daughter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
"Now that my child is in here for maybe broken ribs, that bothers me because I left my daughter in their care and for adults to let some kids come in and jump my child like that? No. Where's the responsibility?" said Stone.
IPS released the following statement Wednesday:
"At approximately 8:30 a.m. a fight occurred at Northwest Community High School resulting in a seventh-grader being transported to Riley Hospital for Children. Northwest is located at 5525 W. 34th St.
"The middle schooler was among 10 students in the In-School Suspension room when a female middle school student walked into the room and began to fight her. Two other middle school females jumped into the fray. The male adult monitor in the room immediately radioed school police assigned to the building for help.
When the fight was broken up the seventh-grader was checked by the school nurse, who advised of swelling over the right eye and tenderness on the ribs. The student then was taken to Riley Hospital.
"The three students engaged in the fight with the seventh-grader have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and battery. All are suspended pending expulsion."