Mother: Child Choked With Jump Rope During Recess

6:24 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
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CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- A 7-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after her mother says a boy at her school choked her with a jump rope.

According to Fairfax County Police, an assault was reported Thursday morning involving a child at Brookfield Elementary School in Chantilly.

"My mommy's very scared it might happen again," said Jasmine Rorrer, a first-grader.

Jasmine and her mother, Heather Rorrer, said a boy at Jasmine's school has bullied her all year, and Thursday, April, Jasmine ended up in the hospital because of it.

"He got the jump rope and tied it around my throat and tried to choke me," Jasmine said.

"She said that he pulled her backwards and tied her to a pole and left her there," said Rorrer.

"My two friends... they saw me, they heard me crying and let me go," Jasmine said.

Rorrer said she was called to the school and was shocked to learn that no one called 911. She said she took her daughter to the emergency room, and then called police.

A Fairfax County Police spokesman wouldn't share details about what happened, but in a statement said they "responded to Fair Oaks Hospital to take a report of a simple assault" and "the investigation is ongoing."

Fairfax County School Spokesman Paul Regnier said he could not release details about what happened or whether the boy was disciplined, but did say, "Anytime there's an alleged incident of bullying or physical harassment, we take it very seriously. We investigate thoroughly and take appropriate action."

"I don't feel safe sending her to school anymore," Rorrer said.

Jasmine's mom said she took these pictures of her daughter's injuries with her cell phone camera.

"Her face was very red. Her eyes were red on the inside. She was holding her neck. Her breathing was really labored," Rorrer said.

Rorrer said she wants the boy expelled.

"From what administration tells me at the school, [he received] a couple days suspension," Rorrer said.

Rorrer now has an attorney and said she's considering taking action against the school.  

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