AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A father says Aurora Public Schools isn’t doing enough after his son was abused at school.

Desmond Guilford, 7, won’t be returning to Fulton Academy of Excellence elementary school after he was allegedly bullied and beat up.

Earlier this month Desmond says a few classmates attacked him on the playground. Since then his father, Kevin Guilford, says they’re still waiting for answers on how the other students were disciplined, or how school administrators mishandled the situation.

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

“They refuse to speak to us and reach out to try and explain exactly what had happened,” Kevin Guilford said. “The follow up was supposed to be Monday but that never happened as well.”

Desmond had a concussion and several face lacerations. He’s now looking much better.

“We put the right ointments on … and I think he’s healed right on time,” Kevin Guilford said.

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

Monday morning he’s going to start at a new school and he says he’s excited.

“The school looks really good. There is concern though because after something like this happens, until he’s out of school, I’ll be concerned about trusting him in environments like that,” Kevin Guilford said.

“We take this report seriously and are investigating fully. We can assure you that we do not tolerate bullying or any unsafe behavior,”Aurora Public Schools told CBS4 last week in a statement.

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

Desmond Guilford (credit: CBS)

Desmond’s story has gone viral online with the hope of bringing more awareness to bullying issues.

“We’ve had people from Australia contact us, we’ve had video of people from around the states showing us love and support,” Kevin Guilford said. It’s very humbling. It actually puts a perspective on life that we unfortunately felt got taken away from us.”

While Desmond looks much better, his father said they still have medical bills and therapy, he’s hoping some people can help on their GoFundMe page.


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