South Side High School Students Attacked


Published 08/27 2014 10:13PM

Updated 08/28 2014 08:11PM

“I look at my son is covered in blood,” said Stacie Wallen.

Wallen received a call from a witness of her son’s attack Tuesday afternoon as he walked home from South Side High School in Fort Wayne. Nathaniel walked home with Kathleen Bair’s son, Chase. Both moms said their children were jumped by 3 South Side High School students.

Kathleen recalled the phone call from her son.

“Mom we’ve been robbed at gunpoint, Nathaniel is hurt; the police are here and the EMS is here,” said Bair.

Bair said Wednesday morning she began looking at the transfer process.

“I wanted to find out what we could do about changing our kids in school so that they weren’t missing school they need to be in school,” said Bair.

Fort Wayne Community School’s transfer policy is on their website and states:

"Transfers are approved based on space availability and racial balance. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to the school or to the nearest already-established bus stop if a transfer is granted."

Kathleen and Stacie said they spoke with South Side High School's Principal Carlton Mable, but didn't get the response they were hoping for.

"I’m sure he didn't have the whole story but he didn't seem real interested in hearing the whole story either and he pretty much let us know that the boys shouldn't transfer schools," said Bair.

"My son will not be back at South Side High School and the principal was very mean to us he was not even trying to hear anything we said," said Wallen.

Stacie said she plans on starting again Thursday morning to speak with someone in the school district that will hopefully help speed up the transfer process. For now, she's keeping her son, home from school.

"We’re going to get a lawyer about this because it's been an ongoing thing with my son and he hasn't been protected by Fort Wayne Community Schools at all," said Wallen.

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