COMMUNITY VOICES | Moms of Henry High city bus assault victims testify at Minneapolis school board meeting

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On April 9, moms of Henry High students assaulted while using city buses going between school and home testified at the Minneapolis School Board meeting.  They described for the school board members what happened to their children when they were assaulted, and the impact the assaults have had on their families.

One mom talked about her son’s being attacked and knocked out while waiting for a city bus to take him home.   The mom described ongoing medical problems from the concussion, with lapses in memory and concentration and balance.  A former honors student, he has been forced to drop all his advanced courses.  He had already done internships at the University of Minnesota to become a dentist, and his mom now worries that he will not be able to reach his potential and goals in life.  For safety reasons the family has transferred him from Henry to Hopkins high, and she announced she would be pulling all ten of her children out of the Minneapolis Public School system.

Minneapolis School Board Listens to Henry High Families of Assault Victims

Another mom described how her son was robbed and was threatened with being killed.  They shoved him to the ground and kicked him in the head.  The said that while the lingering headache has faded her son was traumatized by the attack, and continues to suffer anxiety.  She said she would not be sending her younger daughter to Henry

The Henry parents believe that educating the school board members in person was important because at times school officials have claimed they have no proof the assaults and other crimes have taken place, that when the assaults happen they are community problems not school problems, that some of the complaints are hoaxes, and that the assaults and other crimes would  have happened while using school buses.

Henry Students are mailing these postcards to Minneapolis School Board members

Meanwhile,  Henry students  family and supporters have signed and  sent 400 postcards to Minneapolis school board members asking for police on city buses and monitors at bus stops during hours that Henry students are going to and from school.  The postcards told board members of problems Henry students have reported having while using city buses, including  cellphone snatchings, inappropriate touches, stalkings, and an armed holdup.  Half the postcards have gone to Kim Ellison, half to Alberto Monserrate.

Henry High Families of assault victims being interviewed by channel 9