Student found hanging on hook in school bathroom

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An 8-year-old boy is recovering from injuries he received in his school's bathroom. Few details are being released about what happened.

The lack of information has been frustrating for many parents. The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating the situation, but they aren't talking about their findings.

"The child was OK one minute and went into the bathroom and then he wasn't, so it's a very strange circumstance," said Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lauren Roberts.

The mysterious circumstances surrounding the incident at Frayser Elementary School have prompted two letters sent home to parents in two days.

The most recent letter, sent Thursday, states its intent is to assure parents that standard procedures were followed, yet still provides no explanation of what happened.

School officials said the boy's class was taken to the bathroom for a scheduled restroom break, which was supervised by the teacher.

The school said the main restroom door was open with the teacher standing at the doorway.

When the 8-year-old boy did not come out of the stall after a few minutes, the teacher asked a security guard to go in.

The boy was found unresponsive.

"I can't be specific about the details because that is part of the LMPD investigation, but the child was definitely injured," Roberts said.

Emergency responders were immediately called.

Parent Joshua Gregory said his second-grader described a frightening situation.

"She come running out the door, saying, 'Call 911,' and said all the kids in the line started crying," he said.

In the first letter Wednesday, parents were told a "medical emergency" had occurred, leaving many parents to wonder how something like this could happen.

"I don't see how an 8-year-old boy could pick himself up and hang himself from a hook," Gregory said.

Officials won't confirm that's what happened, only that the boy was injured.

"We decided to come sign him out of school and switch schools, because there's been a history of bullying here in this school and we decided it's been enough and were going to take him to a different school," Gregory said.

The school is asking everyone to keep the boy's family in their thoughts.

"Right now the concern is making sure he is OK," said Roberts. "The school is providing counseling to children and everyone is cooperating with LMPD. We all want answers as to what happened to this child."

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