Schoolyard bullying turned violent this week at Hauppauge Middle School when a seventh grade boy was seriously injured during a bathroom brawl.
Principal Maryann Fletcher said that the incident originally came through as an accident, but after further investigation, the administration discovered that it was not.
According to a parent familiar with the incident, the victim of the assualt suffered a concussion and a broken nose. "This was a severe case," Fletcher said. She did not comment further on the injuries due to privacy laws.
Fletcher said that the administration is taking the incident very seriously.
"We take a very strong stance on bullying," she said.
A bullying assembly was held at both the Middle School and High School on Wednesday.
Fletcher explained that punishment for bullying can range from a classroom reprimanding to school suspension, or a superintendent's hearing in the most severe cases.