Mother says son was choked with rope; local school calls it an accident

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A woman wants answers after she says two older children choked her son with a rope during PE, but a local school says the incident was a playground accident.

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Katheren Douglas says she was called on Oct. 13 to pick up her 7-year-old son Carter from Temple Charter Academy.

The boy said two older children choked him with the rope, causing him to pass out.

“I'm upset, I’m hurt because I almost lost my child, but at the same time I don't want this to happen to any other child,” Douglas said.

She says she took Carter to a local hospital and filed a report with Temple police.

“He had bruises on his arms abrasions in different areas. He had a lot of dirt and sand inside his underpants, inside his socks,” she said.

The following Monday, Douglas went to the school demanding answers.

“I stayed in that building until someone gave me an accident report, an incident report, something you know. I need to know what's wrong with my child so I can tell these doctors what's wrong with him.”

She say she wants someone from the school to be held accountable for the incident.

“There is no way that only one teacher should have been out there with all the kids if you couldn’t watch them.

The school says under federal law it’s limited about what it can say about the incident, but insists Douglas’ claims are not at all accurate.

The school says staff members were present, were alerted and responded to ensure that Carter was safe.

Meanwhile, Temple police have closed their case.

They are also calling it an accident.