EL PASO, Texas -- A local father seeks answers from the Socorro Independent School District after his six-year old son came home with a black eye earlier this week from an alleged bully. His son's eye injury worsened as the days went on, leading him to end up on a hospital operating table needing surgery to drain excess fluid from the injured eye.
"He said he was sitting in PE and the boy that hit him called out his name, he turned around and the kid hit him in the eye," the boy's father, Andrew Montelongo, said.
Montelongo's son Jared has not changed his story about being bullied since the incident occurred, and his father feels more needs to be done by the school district.
"Nobody seems to know or want to help us. I find it very infuriating, my child got hit in the eye and no one has answers at this point. It feels like (the school's) protecting someone who caused damage to my son. My son is sitting in the hospital suffering while the other kid only got one day of lunch detention," Montelongo said.
Montelongo called the El Paso Police Department looking to press charges against the other child, however police told him the alleged aggressor is too young to be charged with a crime. He then called the school police department, and to his surprise they told him the responsibility falls on the school and not the police department.
ABC-7 reached out to SISD looking for answers in this situation. While the district said it cannot comment directly, officials did say an internal investigation is underway.
"Right now the investigation is only a few days old… soon that conversation will happen with everyone involved so that communication is shared with the parents and we are able to move forward," Maribel Macias, the assistant superintendent for SISD said on the matter.
Both children in this case are only six-years old, so SISD indicated they would not be moved to an alternative campus due to their age.
Officials said it was also too early to tell if any disciplinary action would be taken as the investigation is still ongoing.