Rushville Republican

October 5, 2012

Attack at BRMS cause of concern

Kevin L. Green
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rush County Schools are dealing with the fallout generated by a physical assault that reportedly took place at Benjamin Rush Middle School Sept. 17.

A video of the incident shows student Austin McDaniel, 13, walking between two rows of free-standing school lockers, not far from the school office, when he is approached by an unidentified 15-year-old boy.

The older boy knocks McDaniel to the ground and punches him several times.

After several seconds McDaniel manages to get and up and tries to run away from his assailant; however, the older boy pulls him down for a second time and continues the beating.

The attack, which happened in front of several other students, lasted nearly a minute; none of those visible in the video clip make any move to assist McDaniel or break up the altercation.

The Rushville Police Department was contacted about the incident.

The older boy reportedly admitted to the assault. He was arrested and later released to the custody of his mother.

McDaniel’s mother, Nicole McDaniel, said in an interview with WRTV 6 that her son suffered cuts, bruises and a head injury.

She also said school officials waited nearly an hour before notifying her about the incident.

The family’s attorney has reportedly filed a tort claim against Rush County Schools; details of that claim were unavailable at presstime.

When contacted by the Rushville Republican, RCS superintendent Dr. John Williams said, “Recent events occurring at BRMS have made us all keenly aware of our mission and task in providing quality education in a safe environment. Please know that the recent events broadcast on local TV stations have been addressed by the administrative staff following our policies and Indiana state law.”

A very similar message has also been sent home to parents of BRMS students.

It was also reported late Thursday that a second tort has been filed against Rush County Schools in conjunction with a separate incident involving a physical assault by one student against another at the local middle school. Details regarding that matter were unavailable at presstime.

Contact: Kevin L. Green @ 765.932.2222 x108