Police investigate cafeteria beating of Panora teen


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Panora police are investigating the beating of an eighth-grade boy in the Panorama Middle School cafeteria that left him with injuries requiring surgery.  Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the beating happened Thursday, leaving Alex Kent with a titanium plate in his jaw and a broken leg that will require pins and screws to reset.
The boy’s mother, Yvonne Repp, questions whether there was adequate supervision of students. She also says school officials did not call an ambulance, but gave her son an ice pack and some Tylenol. The boy’s sister later drove him to a hospital.
School superintendent Kathy Elliot says school staff responded quickly to the incident. Police Chief Matt Reising says he expects a decision on whether to file charges in the case next week.