An upsetting story, "When school bullies get out of hand," ran as the featured item on SFGate.com this morning. Chronicle staff reporter Nanette Asimov tells the story of a 7-year-old boy who is severely bullied at an Oakland public school.
"Anthony Cataldo of Oakland first raised concerns about aggressive bullying at his son's elementary school last year after Zachary lost four teeth on the playground - but he said he received only a verbal assurance that things would change.
Cataldo said he complained again when some boys at school kicked 7-year-old Zachary in the stomach three months ago but got no response.
Now - two days after an older student slammed Zachary against a tree, fracturing his skull and sending the first-grader to intensive care - Cataldo is hiring a lawyer, and school officials are paying attention."