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Mar 31, 2011 5:31 AM

Father Of Child Found Hanging In School Bathroom Wants Answers

The father of a Louisville elementary student found hanging on a bathroom hook says he's angry about what happened to his son and expressed frustration with the school's handling of the incident.

A security guard found the Frayser Elementary second grader unconscious a week ago. Mohamed Hussein suffered serious injuries in the incident, which happened during a class bathroom break. The 8-year-old was finally released from the hospital. Now his father, Abdikadir Kateba, wants answers from the school. He says the incident was a case of bullying and the school could have prevented it from happening.

Kateba speaks little English. The family moved to Louisville from Somalia in 2005. He told his son's story through a translator.

"I was in the bathroom using the bathroom. When I tried to get out the bathroom, two guys pushed me in. They hold my neck and try to break my neck. When they tried to break my neck, they pulled me in and hang me up."

Jefferson County Public School officials say a teacher was standing right outside the bathroom at the time, but didn't hear anything out of the ordinary.

Kateba says the incident was not the first time other kids bullied his son.

"He has been complaining several times about the school in the bus, getting beat up," he said, adding that he reported the bullying to the school. "This couldn't have happened if they would have listened to what I was telling them."

JCPS officials say they have no record of any other bullying directed at Hussein.

Kateba says he thinks school officials are keeping him in the dark about a situation that could have been prevented.

"They are not treating my child like a human being," said Kateba. "They are treating my child like he is not a human being."

Police continue to investigate.


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