THE REST OF THE STORY...
On May 9th, 1998, I faxed the letter below to the Pasco
school district attorney, making a claim for Jared's chiropractic and doctor
expenses. I also asked the school district to make it right with
Jared, clearing him of the 3 day suspension for the assault on him, called
a "fight" by the school.
On May 11th, Jared and I stopped by the office of the
school district attorney to be sure he received the claim letter.
He had. We discussed how this assault had hurt Jared and that it
was important that JUSTICE be done for Jared's sake. He assured us
that everything would be taken care of and that Jared's medical bills would
It's not that he lied, because I think his motives were
good and that he expected our claim would be taken care of, but the school
district lawyer is never the final word. Of course I can't prove
it, but my guess is that the Superintendent, (who had vengeance in his
heart for me because when I was on the School Board I refused to renew
his eternal contract), told the lawyer and the school insurers to tell
me where to go, thus taking out his anger on my son, Jared.
What was I asking for Jared? An apology and about
$1,600 dollars in medical bills. In the end, I lost my son and endured
years of litigation.
What did this arrogance cost the Pasco School District?
Instead of giving Jared an apology and paying approximately $1,600
in medical bills, they paid approximately $415,000 over 3 1/2 years
and lost the trust of many people who have watched them treat us, and others,
with the same disregard.
How easy it could of been to give a 12 year old boy the
apology and help he deserved. So little was required to help Jared
heal from a tragic assault from a bully. But, a bully of another
kind changed the lives of this family, Jared's friends, and many others
touched by his suicide on September 29, 1998. I can only hope that
other school districts may learn something from all of this and that in
the future, one life may be saved, just one, ....someday.
To: Pasco School District
Ken R., Attorney
From: Brenda High
Date: May 9, 1998
Subject: Request for claim payments for Jared High
On Wednesday May 6th , my son Jared (12 years old)
was beaten and repeatedly thrown against walls, kicked, and punched in
the stomach by Andrew S., a very large 8th grader at McLoughlin Middle
School. Andrew brutalized Jared repeatedly inside the gym at McLoughlin
for about 10 minutes. Many times Jared called “Teacher”, “Teacher” and
no one came to save him from more abuse. Knowing there was no one around
to save Jared, Andrew came back several times and beat on him. Jared bore
no fault in this matter, and did not tease, swear or mouth off to Andrew.
Andrew, in fact, told him he would kill him many times during this attack.
Incredibly, my son Jared was given a 3 day suspension
from School for “fighting”. The only “fighting” Jared got in was one kick
while he was down on the ground after being thrown there. Andrew just laughed
and kicked him back.
I did not find out about this “fight” until I got home
late Thursday night. At that time I did not have the whole story about
On Friday (May 8th) I filed a report with Deputy Darrell
C. (File 98 FS 2905), after a shocking visit to Jared’s Chiropractor Dr.
S. Z. We looked at Jared’s before X-ray and then his after X-ray and realized
he had been seriously hurt. To quote Dr. Z., “It looks like he’s been through
a major car accident.” If he had been thrown one more time, we felt he
may have had his neck broken and died. According to Dr. Z. Jared will need
many visits, more than our insurance covers, to handle the trauma to his
neck, shoulders, hips, and spine.
After visiting with Dr. Z. and Officer C., I took Jared
to his regular family Doctor (Charles K./Albert B.). The doctor confirmed
that his repeated vomiting was most likely caused from stomach punches
or kicks to the stomach. Jared also was (and still is) extremely sore,
had diarrhea, no appetite and had not slept since the “fight”. At this
time the doctor ordered Hydroxyzine for nausea and insomnia.
Jared needs to have his record cleared at McLoughlin
and have his suspension thrown out. He would of missed school anyway
because he was throwing up all the time, nevertheless he needs a clean
record when he did not provoke or initiate this “fight”. I am scared to
send him to school next week because his life was threatened by Andrew
several times during the attacks and it is obvious to me that Jared can’t
be protected even while he is IN the school, let alone after school or
on the school grounds. We have seen on the news, recently, many examples
of what angry boys can do to fellow classmates. It totally amazes me that
a young man, such as Andrew could be so brutal. And according to Vice Principal
A., Andrew has even improved over the last 3 years since he’s been to Middle
School. Heaven help the next smaller child he attacks.
I thus file a claim of injury compensation for Jared
High in an unspecified amount, total cost unknown, as a result of negligence
and failure of McLoughlin Middle School for not having proper supervision
inside and outside of the school. If when Jared cried for help, someone,
even a volunteer parent, would have been there, all of this may have been
Because Andrew S. has a past history of abuse and “Bullying”
of his classmates and has in this case threatened to kill Jared, he is
an threat and danger to Jared and other students. Andrew should be given
an emergency expulsion and receive anger counseling, and a strong talking
to about his behavior towards his fellow students. He came very close
to committing murder last Wednesday and I hope he doesn’t want to spend
his young life living with that type of act. If he doesn’t get help
it won’t be long before a mother is grieving over her dead child.
(...This was a bit of prophecy here)
The students who were present and laughing with Andrew
as he brutalized Jared are not blameless in this incident. A letter and
telephone call home to their parents about this case would be advised.
Remember, these students took no action to prevent this beating and, in
fact, became an accessory to the beating when they encouraged Andrew by
laughing at his criminal activity. If I were their parents I would want
to know that my child had a “friend” like this so I could advise them to
make a better choice.
Please contact me quickly in this matter. Jared will
need to visit with Dr. Z. on a very regular basis until his neck and back
gets back to normal.
HEAR JARED'S VOICE - PLAY
- From an interview with Pasco School District investigators concerning
the assault. This is a recording of a recording and it isn't real
clear, but worth the download effort. Jared had a real mellow voice.
Note: If you have a slow load wav, wait for it to load entirely and then
play again from the start. 5 minutes long
HIGH v. PASCO SCHOOL DISTRICT
TRIAL BRIEF & FACTUAL BACKGROUND
Complaint for Damages
Rest of the Story
- The Forseeable Consequences of Bullying
the Pasco School District wouldn't help Jared
Court Case about Videos
on a bus & bullying