School Claims This Girl’s Injuries Came From Falling On The Playground

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AvaLynn (image via Facebook)

A little girl came home from school last week with a bloody nose and massive bruises to her face. When the school was asked about it, they shrugged it off as simply an innocent playground fall. One look at her injuries and it’s pretty clear that there is no way a fall could have done so much damage.

Unsurprisingly, the 5-year-old girl named AvaLynn has a very different story than the one the school went with. According to her account, another child repeatedly kicked her in the face while she was playing on a slide. After several blows, she let go and fell to the ground. The mother, Lacey Harris, says that Arlington Elementary School denies this despite admitting that no teacher was present at the time of the incident and have no real way of knowing what happened.

Concerned friends and family of AvaLynn set up a Facebook page called “Justice for AvaLynn” to document Harris’ fight for answers and to spread the word. Their efforts appear to be working. On Friday, the hashtag “#JusticeforAvaLynn” began trending on Twitter and the pictures of girl’s injuries were shared around the world. Several prominent people picked up on the story, including an author named Zane, who shared it with his nearly one million Facebook followers. One of his readers claims she is from the same town as the girl and appears to corroborate the account that AvaLynn’s family has been saying.

According to Zane:

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I’m from the same town as AvaLyn my child attends the same school. He said at recess she was fighting another student. He was unsure of who hit who first he says a boy kicked her in the face and she fell off the slide. The school she attends is a great school. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the teachers negligent when they have 20 plus students to keep an eye on. Accidents happen this isn’t a case of bullying it’s 2 students fighting and 1 got hurt. I don’t know the child who hit her first nor do I know AvaLynn parents so I’m not taking sides. Calling for him to get expelled is a bit much. He needs to have consequences but explosion a bit much.

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The idea that this isn’t an example of bullying is questionable, but if this account is true (and it can’t be independently verified, because Zane withheld the author’s name), the writer’s son confirms that a boy kicked her in the face and she fell down the slide – exactly the same story that AvaLynn told her mother after the incident.

Harris filed a police report demanding they look into the matter. Pascagoula Police Department Lt. Jim Roe told Gulf Live that officers have investigated it but because it is the girl’s word against the teachers it will be hard to find fault.

The school is sticking to the “she fell” defense. Administrators released a statement to parents on the matter after outrage started to build:

“A student was injured while playing on the playground at Arlington Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. School officials responded to the situation. The parent was contacted and the student received medical treatment. No other children were involved in the incident. The Pascagoula School District remains committed to the safety of all its students.”

Due to the lack of traction Harris has gotten from police or the school, she is seeking the help of attorneys and has said that she can no longer post as many updates about AvaLynn’s condition until the legal process is worked through. In the meantime, AvaLynn has required lots of medical attention, and the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the expenses. As of this today, the fund has raised over $7,000.