The mother of a Mississippi kindergartener claims that her daughter was attacked by another child at the school playground, but the school district says the girl was hurt on her own.
Lacey Harris filed a police report with the Pascagoula Police Department on Thursday after her daughter, AvaLynn, came home from school with "her face swollen, cut, and bruised beyond recognition," according to a description of the incident posted to the Facebook group "Justice For AvaLynn."
According to that account:
"AvaLynn informed Lacey that she was assaulted by another student: that she was kicked repeatedly in the face until she fell off of the slide on the school's playground. The school informed Lacey [that there] were no teachers present when the incident occurred, and because of that, no one could prove whether or not another student had harmed Ava."
The school, however, claims that AvaLynn injured herself and that no other students are responsible for her injuries, according to AL.com.
According to a statement from the Pascagoula School District:
"A student was injured while playing on the playground at Arlington Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. School officials responded to the situation. The parent was contacted and the student received medical treatment. No other children were involved in the incident. The Pascagoula School District remains committed to the safety of all its students."
Law enforcement officials were investigating the matter.
"The mother alleges another child kicked her child on the slide," Pascagoula Police Department Lt. Jim Roe told GulfLive.com. "Right now, there's no indication something criminal took place. I have spoken with school security and an assistant superintendent is investigating the matter."
A GoFundMe campaign was also started to raise money for AvaLynn's "medical needs and travel expenses."