Concerned parents protest at District 2 after student is stabbed

Concerned parents protest District 2's handling of a stabbing on campus / Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
Concerned parents protest District 2's handling of a stabbing on campus / Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A fight at Carmel Middle School Friday has left some parents upset.

“They should have called 911. I mean, if you don’t know how to call 911 when somebody’s stabbed in the chest and can’t breathe, then there’s something wrong with you. You really need to check your priorities. I mean, I know it was late at night, end of the day on Friday and you know, they probably wanted to go home and get high or something, but you know, when you’re at work, you’re at work,” said Aaron Coates, a friend of the Nipper family.

School District 2 says the fight between two 6th graders got serious, leaving Kyler Nipper with serious stab wounds.

Nipper’s parents and others are concerned about the lack of communication and the fact that they did not call police or an ambulance.

“I’m from a very small community, Rocky Ford, and I chose to keep my daughter in that community in that school. Now, I have a kindergartener and I decided to open my you know, parenting and let my son go to school in a bigger community and then I see this,” said Sharon Smith, a concerned parent.

A statement released from the district in part reads, “the injuries and student behavior observed did not appear to be severe at the time.”

However, after Nipper’s parents transported their son to a local hospital, they were told their son needed trauma surgery at Denver Children’s Hospital, saying one of his lungs was punctured from the stabbing.

“That kid’s parents, really for real, how are you going to teach your child that something like that is even an option. I mean stabbing somebody with a pencil? I seen somebody get stabbed with a pencil once, you know where that was? In prison, okay? Thank you!” Coates said.

The parents say they hope the district understands they want to raise awareness about bullying and changes in training.

The district superintendent tells us all their health techs at each school have CPR training and emergency management training, along with district nurses that provide additional support.

The superintendent also adds there is no evidence bullying was a factor in this situation.

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