It was every parent’s nightmare; a Colorado 6th grader was stabbed in his chest during a schoolyard fight. The weapon? A No. 2 pencil. The victim? Colorado 6th grader Kyle Nipper, a student at Carmel Middle School in Colorado Springs. Reportedly, the fight that resulted in the Colorado 6th grader being stabbed in the chest took place at the end of the day on Friday, October 7.
As Fox 13 Now reports, the fight was reported to Carmel Middle School teachers/administration when it occurred. However, despite the fact that 6th grader Kyle Nipper had been stabbed in the chest, nobody at the school thought it was necessary to report his injuries to authorities.
Nobody called 911. Nobody contacted police or made arrangements for medical treatment for the injured child.
According to Colorado School District No. 2, school officials didn’t think such steps were necessary, despite the location where the 6th grader was stabbed. The district released a public statement to that effect.
“[His injuries] did not appear to be severe at the time.”
The 6th grader’s parents were not quite as blase about the fact that their child had been stabbed in the chest at his Colorado school. Immediately after retrieving their injured son, Nipper’s parents took him to a nearby hospital to be evaluated by medical professionals. It was then that the extent of the Colorado 6th grader’s stabbing-related injuries became terrifyingly clear.
Nipper’s parents told the local media that following his examination, the Colorado 6th grader was diagnosed as having a punctured lung, a condition that required immediate trauma surgery to correct.
In the aftermath of their son being stabbed in the chest at school, Kyle Nipper’s parents (as well as his extended family and friends) have just one question for Carmel Middle School. Why in the world didn’t they call 911 immediately after the Colorado 6th grader was stabbed?
“They should have called 911. I mean, if you don’t know how to call 911 when somebody’s stabbed in the chest and can’t breathe, then there’s something wrong with you.”
Family friend Aaron Coates believes that part of the problem could have been when the fight and subsequent stabbing took place. It was the end of the day, the end of the week, and Coates seems to think that this might be the reason (at least in part) that school officials opted not to seek out emergency medical treatment for the stabbed 6th grader. However, according to Aaron Coates, it’s not a good enough excuse.
“You really need to check your priorities. I mean, I know it was late at night, end of the day on Friday and you know, they probably wanted to go home and get high or something, but you know, when you’re at work, you’re at work.”
As for the parents of the Colorado 6th grader stabbed in the chest with a pencil, they are hoping that at least some good can come out of their son’s injuries. They want the school district to use what happened to their son as a teaching opportunity for teachers, administrators, and students.
Nipper’s parents have said that they want to see teachers and other school official receive better training regarding how to handle injured students. They also want to see students get a lesson in bullying that includes increased awareness of the problem.
According to the school district, its schools feature “health techs,” each of whom has both emergency management training and CPR certification. In addition, the district also employs nurses who are available to step in when necessary.
Despite this training, however, nobody at Kyle Nipper’s middle school realized the severity of his injuries. Rather, they sent him home without a proper medical evaluation, despite the fact that he had been stabbed in the chest. Albeit with a pencil.
Additionally, School District No. 2 addressed the parent’s bullying concerns. Not by promising to give teachers and students a refresher course in bullying (which is a U.S. epidemic) in the aftermath of Kyle Nipper being stabbed in the chest. Rather, the superintendent simply stated that “no evidence” exists that the Colorado 6th grader was stabbed as a result of bullying.
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