Parents: Boy found hanging on bathroom hook had problems with kids in past
by Renee Murphy
Posted on March 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM
Updated Saturday, Mar 26 at 12:34 AM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An 8-year-old boy found hanging by his collar on a bathroom stall’s hook at Frayser Middle School is finally able to talk again.
The child has been sedated for the past two days, but on Friday, he was able to communicate.
His parents spoke exclusively with WHAS11’s Renee Murphy and they say they do not think this was an accident. The second-grader, Mohamed Hussein, is still in the hospital at Kosair, but his condition is improving.
He is now able to say a few words, but he has not been able to say the words his family wants to hear. They still do not know what happened earlier this week in the bathroom at Frayser Elementary School in Louisville.
The student was found hanging from a hook by his shirt collar, and how he got there is a mystery to school officials.
The boy’s parents are originally from Somalia. WHAS11 spoke to Mohamed’s mother, who just got in town from South Dakota, and also his father. They shared their concern through translators from the Somali Bantu community.
Mohamed’s parents say the boy had no prior medical problems, but say he did have some problems with kids earlier this school year.
School leaders say Mohamed went into the bathroom on Wednesday, and when he did not come out, they found him unresponsive hanging from a hook in a handicapped stall.
Louisville Metro Police are investigating the matter and say the bathroom stall’s hook was 3 feet off the ground.
Police say they are not ruling anything out, but cannot give any other details.
Members of the Somali Bantu community are scared and frustrated, when they spoke with WHAS11, they say they are planning to pull their kids out of Frayser Elementary on Monday.
The school says the teacher at the school followed all the proper procedures and at this time the investigation is in the hands of Louisville Metro Police. Police have interviewed some of the students that were in the bathroom and hope to talk to Mohamed soon.
Mohamed’s family says there is no way he could have hurt himself. WHAS11 asked them specifics about the young boys injuries and they tell us they just don’t know.