Mom says son’s assault was more than “kids being kids”

EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Southtowns mother is speaking out, saying police didn’t fully describe how seriously her 12-year-old son was hurt in a recent attack.

On Friday, News 4 reported the boy was sent to the hospital after he was knocked unconscious after being kicked in the head. He also had his cell phone stolen.

Lt. Peter Smith of the Evans Police Department said, “There had been nothing prior to this, for lack of a better word, kids being kids and handled it the wrong way.”

That comment enraged the victim’s mother, who said this went beyond “kids being kids.” She says the 12-year-old boy was kicked so hard in the head, he had shoe prints bruised onto his face.

“It was unbelievable. It was just heart-wrenching,” said Melissa from Angola, the mother of the 12-year-old victim.

To her, her son’s injuries should speak for themselves.

She says her son was lured out of the house by two older boys while he was home alone, then jumped by a 16-year-old, who left him unconscious in the street with a swollen face, a concussion, and shoe-prints embedded into his skin.

“I don’t know what would have happened to him if there was one more kick,” Melissa said.

And what would have happened if a neighbor didn’t take action. The neighbor found the boy lying right in the middle of this street and says he was almost hit by a car.

“Another car was coming super fast. I had to stand up and jump and wave,” said Kevin Kwilos.

He actually saw the start of the attack from his window and says it was disturbing.

“It was something I would never want to see happen to anyone. They were just standing there and the kid walked up and just cold-cocked him,” Kwilos said.

Police charged the 16-year-old as an adult, with serious felonies.

“A lot of times kids will get involved in what I like to call playground skirmishes,” said Lt. Smith said.

And that attitude isn’t sitting well with Melissa.

“It infuriated me. It was a brutal, vicious attack,” she said.

Melissa wishes instead of calling it “kids being kids,” police would send a message against extreme bullying.

“And let the community know that it’s not right and we’re not going to stand for it,” Melissa said.

The victim still hasn’t returned to school.

News 4 contacted Evans Police to see if they wanted to address the “kids being kids” statement, but neither Lt. Smith nor the chief were working. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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