13-year-old charged after video shows teen punching another student in Pulaski County

Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 26, 2021

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A 13-year-old middle school student has been charged with fourth-degree assault and terroristic threatening after investigators with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office say a video shows him punching another student.

The video has since been taken down from Facebook, but Janice Ducheney said she posted a copy to her page because she wanted to raise awareness about what it shows.

In the video, Ducheney said her son Travis, a special needs student at Southern Middle School, is punched by a classmate while sitting at his desk.

"It makes me cry and it makes me mad and upset," she said.

Her son was not seriously injured but has a busted lip, she said.

The family went to the school and the sheriff's office after learning of the video.

The district has an ongoing investigation into the video, according to Asst. Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Sonya Wilds, who declined to comment further when reached by phone Friday.

Travis's stepdad, Doug Ducheney, was glad to hear about the school's investigation but he said he believes this is an ongoing problem the district should do more to address.

"I want to see bullying stopped. I want to see bullying out of schools. I want these teachers to have more control over the kids and stuff like that," he said.

The student who's been charged should also be offered counseling, he said.

"If there's kids having problems and they want to bully...let's get them help," he said.