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Steel-High mom confronts school after son beaten

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Yvonne Donald was at work when she got a call from Steelton-Highspire High School telling her that her son needed medical help.

"When I get to the school, I found he was beaten," said Donald. "He was bullied in the boy's bathroom across from the main office and left there."

Donald said her son is a special needs student and was found on the bathroom floor by a classmate who just happened to walk in.

As for the boy accused of the September beating, Donald said he's an athlete and was welcomed back to school even though felony assault charges are pending.

"The child was back in school before my son was," Donald said.

She doesn't see the scenario as fair, and neither does Adriana Graves.

"The bullying here just needs to stop, she unfortunately was bullied into fighting," Graves told abc27 as she and her 8th grade daughter exited Thursday night's school board meeting.

Like the boy accused of beating Donald's son, Graves' daughter is an athlete, but after being accused of a violent encounter, she was expelled.

"It's very interesting to me that another athlete is still in the classroom and still playing. It's very upsetting," said Graves.

The mothers took turns speaking to the room and left soon after. Neither said they got the answers or the acknowledgement they came for.

"He can't participate in sports because of his disability, so he does stuff for the athletic trainer, with the sports teams. He's the water boy, different things. He's a good kid," said Donald. "So why would someone want to beat him up like that?"

The school board was clear about its policy of public comment at the meetings, which is that they will not engage in discussions on the spot.

Both mothers told abc27 that they will continue to fight for fair treatment.

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