Parents: Teacher Hit Kailua Teen With Hammer

April 18th, 2011 by Staff

HONOLULU — A Kailua High School student is recovering from a head injury suffered at school on Thursday.
The family said the boy was hit in on the head by a hammer.
As Tim Bitanga helped out with a family garage sale on Saturday morning, his mind was on his son recovering from a head injury.
“They put four staples in his head to stop the bleeding,” said Bitanga.
The incident happened at a Kailua High School wood shop class.
“I was told there had been an accident and a hammer had hit my son in the head. When I got the call from my wife — I’m thinking the kids had been clowning around in the classroom,” said Bitanga.
After the shock of seeing their son’s injury, the Bitangas were in for another shock. It wasn’t another student throwing things around, they were told — it was the teacher.
“I was definitely pissed off like most parents would be, to find out it was the teacher that had done it. You wouldn’t expect that to happen in the high school setting,” said Bitanga.
According to the Kailua High School principal, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates what happened in the classroom.
But as upset as the Bitangas were over their son being injured, they were also disappointed in the way the school handled the entire incident.
Bitanga said their son was kept at the health room for hours until they took him to the emergency room. “This was a head injury, there was blood all over the place. I would have liked to see an ambulance involved,” said Bitanga.
The teen’s parents would like to see changes to the way the school responds during an emergency.
As his son’s wound heals, Bitanga added he was grateful the injury wasn’t any worse.
“My son is a senior. I could be going to a funeral instead of a graduation this year. I just thank God he wasn’t seriously injured,” said Bitanga.
The Bitanga family said they have filed a police report on the incident against the teacher.

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