The mother of a 5-year-old elementary school student is rejecting the school's claims that the girl injured herself during a fall on the playground.
Lacey Harris says her daughter AvaLynn's facial injuries were caused by a playground bully. But the school says that's not so.
"The child fell on playground equipment, and no other students were involved in the injury," the school's explained in a statement. "Four adults were present at the time. This matter has been turned over to our insurance company for further handling."
The Pascagoula School District "is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all of our students," it said.
A ER physician who examined the child concluded that the soft tissue hematoma on her forehead could have resulted from a face plant type injury.
The incident occurred on August 26, and a police report was filed on August 28.
Harris created a Facebook page, Justice4AvaLynn, to update AvaLynn's condition. But there has been no update since August 30.
A Facebook user who posted on the page's wall noted that her son attends the same school as AvaLynn, and he saw the child being kicked repeatedly until she fell. The user's claims have not been confirmed.
The family has retained an attorney, Jesse Mitchell. A GoFundMe account has reached $9,153 of a $10,000 goal to pay for medical bills and attorney fees.
Cameras are installed at many of the schools in the Pascagoula School District. But it is not known if there are cameras at AvaLynn's school.
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