The mom of a 13-year-old Masury boy charged by police after an incident May 5 in which he held a kitchen knife to his own throat acknowledged the boy has years of behavioral issues, hospitalizations and mental health treatments.
But, she blamed the latest incident squarely on bullying he received while at school, and said Brookfield school officials have not done enough to stop the bullying.
An attempt to reach Brookfield Supt. Toby Gibson was unsuccessful.
According to Brookfield police, the boy threatened his mother with the knife when she tried to take it off him, and he left the house. Police found the boy near Warren Sharon Road and Yankee Run Road. He refused to drop the knife and police pursued him into a field, police said.
The boy held the knife to his throat but eventually dropped it and a shank he also carried, and allowed himself to be arrested, police said.
The boy had cut his hand and was taken to a hospital, police said. He was charged in juvenile court with unruliness and domestic violence.
The boy’s mom, who asked not to be named to protect herself and her son, said she has had numerous meetings with school officials over the years about her son’s issues, and reiterated the problems he has experienced with bullying at an April 12 meeting. The boy has been served by both of the independent counseling agencies that have offices in the school, PsyCare and Youth Intensive Services.
“I believe they’re (school officials) ineffective in what they’ve tried to do, or they’re not taking them as seriously as they should and/or they’re understaffed,” the mom said. “They’re not properly staffed to handle what the children these days bring to the table.”