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Family continues quest for answers after 6th grader injured during incident with OPS security guard

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 3:22 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An Omaha family said they will not “let up” and plan to seek detailed information Monday from Omaha Public School District, following an incident involving a security guard and a 6th grader.

That guard, employed by the district and stationed at King Science & Technology Magnet Middle School was placed on administrative leave following Thurday’s events.

Cheyna Stennis, the boy’s mother said the guard slammed her son down twice, resulting in his wrist and growth plate, both broken.

Stennis said she’s frustrated that the school wouldn’t give her more information, instead described their account of the incident as vague. “I had to run around like a chicken with my head cut off to get information on my child.” said Stennis.

Her 11-year-old son, who’s in a behavioral program at the school, told her he was in the hallway Thursday helping his friend. That’s when security guard reportedly walked up and asked the boy where he was going. Stennis said her son told the guard he was going to class and the man proceeded to follow him in the room and yank his hoodie off of his head.

Stennis said her son yelled expletives at the guard immediately because he was caught off guard and trying to get away. That’s when her son described being thrown to the grown with the guard standing over him.

“He was in tears.” said Stennis.

6-News spoke with the 11-year-old who said a teacher stepped in to help him, but said it all happened so fast.

“I want to go back to school, but not if he’s still there.” said the boy, who’s favorite subject is math.

Alisha Young, his paternal grandmother received the initial call from King Science and Technology and couldn’t believe what she learned.

“The police report clearly said he did nothing physical to the guard. It said he was mouthing off. He took advantage of his position of power. He’s a baby, a child. He’s defenseless,” Young said.

A District Spokesperson responded soon after 6-News reached out for additional details, but said they could not offer anything other than the letter sent home to families Friday afternoon.

That leader reads:

“Dear King Science and Technology Staff and Families: I wanted to make you aware of an incident that took place yesterday at school. A student was injured in an incident with a security guard. The administrative team responded to the situation immediately. The District contacted law enforcement and placed the employee on administrative leave pending further investigation. Student and staff safety is our highest priority. In our effort to ensure open communication, we are sharing this information with our staff and families. Though we are limited in what we can share, please contact the school at (531) 299-2380 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of King Science and Technology and the Omaha Public Schools.”

Sincerely, Dr. Carrie Rath Principal

Stennis said her son has not had previous issues at the school and shared that her prior experiences, regarding her son, with staff and faculty were never an issue.

Stennis and Young said they will not let the incident go, stating if the child had been injured by a family member, that person would be held accountable and arrested for child abuse.

The boy’s left arm remains in a full cast.

OPS instruct 6-News to call back Monday to inquire about an investigation update.

Law enforcement was contacted, according to a letter to parents from school Principal Dr. Carrie Rath, and the incident involving the Omaha Public Schools guard remains under investigation.

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