Video of an alleged bullying incident has parents alarmed in southwest suburban Joliet.
The mother of a 13-year old boy says her school was slow to react after her son became the victim of bullying.
School officials deny it, but Sandy Ayala says there has been a pattern of bullying at Gompers Middle School in Joliet.
She says teachers and administrators failed to protect her son from what she describes as escalating aggression culminating in a brutal beating Monday that was videotaped and and later posted to social media.
The video shows 13-year old Anthony Ayala, in the black shirt, trying to fend off four young attackers Monday afternoon, shortly after school.
Sandy Ayala says she was horrified when her son staggered home, bleeding from his nose, ears and mouth.
She rushed him to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox where he was treated for cuts, bruises and a concussion.
The 13-year old said he briefly lost consciousness during the fight.
A spokesperson for School District 86 say officials responded immediately to Monday’s beating, calling the Joliet Police Department and suspending three students.
But Sandy Ayala says teachers and administrators long ignored the problem and that they failed to follow their own guidelines on bullying.