GRPS Official: Cafeteria Worker Hired Students to Beat Up 4th Grader

Posted at 7:10 PM, Oct 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-10 08:43:18-04

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A cafeteria worker at Campus Elementary School has been fired after allegedly hiring two students to beat up a 9-year-old in the fourth grade.

The female cafeteria worker, who has not yet been identified, is said to have paid a dollar to two fourth-grade students and told them to beat up the student, according to John Helmholdt, Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman.

That the 9-year-old apparently made a remark to the cafeteria worker that she didn’t like, which prompted the incident, Helmholdt says.

The boy did not suffer any major injuries but was reportedly a little roughed up.

The fired employee, who was contracted out under West Michigan Janitorial Service, had a clean criminal record.

Grand Rapids police are also looking into the incident, and formal charges may follow.