EBR School Board steps up security at bus transfer station

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 6:34pm

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office apprehended a 14-year-old in the assault of the 12-year-old boy. Sheriff's Office and the school board are working to see what the next steps will be.

The victim of the knockout game is recovering from a concussion, after he was punched in the head last week at the bus transfer station on Sherwood Forest.

Now the East Baton Rouge School Board is beefing up security there.

The school board has decided to take extra precautions so this kind of thing doesn't happen again and to make sure parents can feel safe sending their kids to school.

Imagine your child coming home with cuts and bruises all over his or her face.

"That it's a form of bullying, and that it's terrible," Marry Wanless said.

So for parents like Marry Wanless who has a little boy in the 5th grade. The big question is how do you stop something like this?

"Banding together as parents to teach our kids at home what they need to know is the first step against it," Wanless said.

She said, it's not just parents.

"Hopefully, he'll tell me if he ever knows of anyone that does," Wanless said.

Chelsea Comeaux agrees.

"Teachers, parents, and volunteers should be out there anyways watching their kids," Comeaux said. "There should always be somebody watching the children at all times."

Even though Comeaux's son isn't in school yet, she feels for this boy's parents.

"Well, it's extremely scary to think about it as a parent and to think about what they're going through and what they're thinking," Comeaux said.

So the board is doing what they can by adding more security that means more parent volunteers, teachers, and deputies on duty, and security cameras too.

"It will also serve, hopefully, as a deterrent for this type of behavior...We haven't had a reoccurrence yesterday and so far not today. So. hopefully, it will stop. Hopefully, this fad, whatever it is, will pass," Keith Bromery, executive director of communications of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, said.

If you witness something like this, report it to authorities.

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