OK bullying incident escalates, boy stabbed in his ear on the bus

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 12:25 PM CDT
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NOWATA, OK (KTUL) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Education is looking into an incident that occurred last week. Brandy Dick says her 10-year-old son, Tobbeey, was stabbed in the ear with a sucker stick while riding home one afternoon on a Nowata Public Schools bus.

According to KTUL, one student held Tobbeey while another student shoved the sucker stick deep into his ear.

Dick took her son to the emergency room where he was referred to a specialist. He was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum and it's not clear if he'll fully regain hearing in that ear.

Nowata Superintendent Leon Ashlock said the district has a zero-tolerance bullying policy and described it as a one-time incident, but Dick says she has visited with his principal on multiple occasions about bullying. Ashlock told KTUL the bus' security cameras weren't working when Tobbeey was injured.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, 300 out of 5,600 reported incidents of bullying in Oklahoma schools during the 2014-2015 school year involved a physical injury to the child.

To report a bullying incident, call the Oklahoma School Security Institute at (855) 337-8300 or submit a report online.

Information provided by KTUL.