It’s a game most of us played in high school.
Dodgeball is a game where players on two teams try to throw balls to hit their opponents. All the while players have to avoid being hit themselves.
10-year-old Bryce from Canton, Michigan was enjoying a game of dodgeball.
However the fun-filled game took a dramatic and criminal turn after he was charged with aggravated assault. Bryce was also suspended after injuring another student during the schoolyard game.
The boy’s mother, Cameishi Triplett Lindley, wrote on Facebook on April 30, that her son Bryce was suspended from Erikkson Elementary School “for throwing a ball back at a student during recess, while playing a game called TIPS/ DODGEBALL.”
Bryce allegedly threw the ball during the game which resulted in the other student having a concussion.
“After meeting with the Principal about why Bryce was suspended while the other students who fully participated in this game were not, the Principal disclosed that the injured student has a pre-existing condition,” Lindley wrote.
Bryce’s mom was also told the student had chronic brain stem infliction.
“Clearly, this student should not have been playing a physical contact sport,” she wrote.
But matters soon turned extremely serious for Lindely and her son.
Bryce was also being charged with aggravated assault in the 3rd Circuit Juvenile Court in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m just as shocked as those of you reading our story,” Lindley wrote in the Facebook post, which was a fundraiser to help them with legal expenses.
“Nonetheless, I am asking for your assistance in securing a Lawyer for Bryce. He is scheduled to appear next week in court on 8/1. The Attorney fees are $4,000. Thank each of you for your help and prayers.”
According to a police report filled after the incident, Bryce intentionally threw the ball at the boy’s face.
“He sustained facial issue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose,” a parent at the school told local station WXYZ-TV.
The mother of the boy who was hit with the ball, told WXYZ-TV her son had been hit before.
She said she reported what happened to the school in in mid-April.
“My son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this. The child apologized to my son and my son said ‘Mom, it’s OK, we’re still going to be friends,'” the mother, who remained anonymous, told the station. However, the incident on April 29th was the final straw, she said. She claims she is worried for her child’s safety.
Lindley said she was not aware of any of the previous incidents. But insists problems like this should be solved in the classroom — not the courtroom.