Family Wants Answers After 8th Grader Breaks Neck at Miramar School

A South Florida 8th grader says his neck was broken during an incident at his Miramar school, and now his family says the school should have done something to stop it from happening

Thursday, May 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:13 AM EDT
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NBC 6's Steve Litz has the details of a student who broke his neck at school and what his family has said.

NBC 6's Steve Litz has the details of a student who broke his neck at school and what his family has said.

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A South Florida 8th grader says his neck was broken during an incident at his Miramar school, and now his family says the school should have done something to stop it from happening.

Taishawn Yee has spent the last several weeks lying on his couch at home wearing a neck brace after he broke three vertebrae and underwent spinal surgery and had two screws placed in his neck.

Last month, Yee and some classmates were horsing around at Renaissance Middle School when things got out of hand. Yee says he was bear hugged from behind in a hallway by another student and then slammed to the floor.

Yee blacked out and was rushed to the hospital, and now he says his life and body will never be the same.

"The scar that's on the back of my neck, sometimes it itches, and it's like it's crawling and stuff," Yee said. "The doctor told me I could have been paralyzed, thank God I wasn't."

Yee and his mother said someone at the school should have been watching.

“Kids need guidance, they need an adult to tell them 'this isn’t right, you shouldn’t do that," mother Angela Hines said. "If it’s playing, that’s too much force. Now my life is changed forever."

Broward School officials are investigating the incident. The student who did this to Yee served a 10-day suspension and could be facing further disciplinary action.

Hines said the family plans to file a lawsuit.

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