GREENFIELD, Mo. -- A family blames the Greenfield School District for not protecting their child during a fight at the high school on Wednesday. Freshman Louie Romano says a disagreement turned bloody in a boys bathroom.
School district administrators did not contact police or send an ambulance for Louie’s injures. He has several fractures in his cheekbone that will require reconstructive surgery. He also has a broken nose and damage to his eye along with a concussion.
“Why wasn't there an ambulance? Why did you not take this more seriously based on how his face looked he needed immediate medical attention? You don't know what could have happened,” said Amanda Miller, Louie’s mother.
Greenfield police say they are disappointed with the school district for not contacting them. The superintendent says he’s looking into the situation.
“We are still in the phase of gathering all the information to make sure that the information we have is factual and that we get statements from all the parties that were involved,” said Superintendent Jeff Davis.
A coach first noticed Louie’s injures. He originally said he slipped and fell. Then, a few minutes later, he decided to face his fears and tell his story. He says he was beaten in a bathroom. He blacked out and doesn't remember much after the disagreement turned bloody.
“It angered me that no one was taking it more seriously. Louie had to sit there and hold his own t-shirt to his face to stop the blood. He couldn't open his eye," said Miller.
“Do you feel you’re safe at school?” a reporter asked.
“No. Never,” said Louie.
“Do you want to go back?”
The police chief won’t comment about specifics concerning the case because it involves juveniles. However, he does say he wishes the school district had called his department.
Louie's family is in the process of getting a restraining order against those accused of beating him. The family is also meeting with an attorney.