A 14-year old special needs student is recovering after his mom says he was bullied and beat up at school.
Austin Stokes has cerebral palsy and is paralyzed on one side of his body. His mom, Lori Dees, says an older student called her son an offensive term last week and Austin threw a can of soda at him in return.
Dees says the older student then knocked her son to the ground and beat him up pretty bad: Austin’s eye was swollen shut, his tooth was chipped and he had several cuts and bruises, according to mom.
The school says it can't comment on what happened but Austin's mom says the other kid was charged with simple assault.
Dee joins HLN's Evening Express to give us an update on her son's condition and the investigation into her son's case:
A lot of people have been asking where they can send cards to Austin. His mom gave us this address:
P.O. Box 1654
Lucedale, MS 39452
You can also keep up with Austin's progress on the "Support, Love, Prayer and Justice for Austin Stokes" Facebook page (warning: you may see some graphic images).
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