A Facebook post about a Hanford teenager who suffered serious injuries after being pushed out of his wheelchair has outraged thousands.
Esther Parra’s comment was typical of many. “What kind of person would do this,” she wrote. Others called for swift justice, calling the act “evil,” “heartbreaking,” and “disgusting.” Many offered prayers for his recovery.
The post by the boy’s father, Tsukasa Knoell, shows the injured teenager laying in a hospital bed with scrapes to his face and a broken leg.
The post said the teenager was on his way home from school Monday on Greenfield Avenue, about a quarter-mile from Hanford West High School, when “a fellow student came from behind and shoved my son out of his motorized wheelchair. ... Sources say there were (kids) running away from this incident.”
However, Hanford police said that’s not what the teenager told them. He said he hit a rock and fell out of his chair, and that’s what caused his injuries.
Lt. James Lutz said the information about the student being pushed wasn’t originally relayed to them. They have looked at that possibility, but haven’t found any evidence of it.
“If we had an assault, we want to put the kids away that did this,” Lutz said. “But we also want to know what really happened.”
Lutz said the father told police Tuesday he created the Facebook post after hearing rumors that someone pushed his son.
“But he also said that may be he put that out there too soon,” Lutz said.
By early Tuesday morning, the post had been shared more than 13,000 times.
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