A mother from New Jersey was knocked out and beaten last week by a 13-year-old who had been among students advised her son to "return to Mexico", her lawyer said Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Beronica Ruiz was attacked last Wednesday in Passaic – about 10 miles north of Newark – as she pushed her one-year-old baby into a stroller and next to her 12-year-old son, her lawyer Daniel, Santiago said. Ruiz was hospitalized for two days with a broken eye socket, bruises, and a bloody eye.
The alleged assailant, a 13-year-old boy, was one of a group of students who mocked Ruiz & # 39; s son at the school cafeteria the day before and said, "Mexicans should go back behind the wall," Santiago said. Ruiz's son countered, "We all come from immigrants," and the three students threatened him by force, Santiago added.
The boy reported the threat to the school officials who kept him in the office for his protection. The school did not contact the boy's parents. He went home and told his parents what had happened.
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Ruiz went to school officials the next day to ask why she was not contacted. The vice director apologized for not contacting them and said the situation was under control, WPIX reported.
Hector Hector C. Lora, Mayor of Passaic, told WPIX that the alleged attacker had been arrested and accused, as a youngster, of having made severe and simple attacks. Nj.com reported that he was released from court in front of a family court for his parents.
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Santiago plans to file a lawsuit against the school on behalf of Ruiz & # 39; s family. An investigation is still ongoing.