Carlos Conner may have wanted his son to stand up for himself but police say the dad took things too far.
As News 5 Cleveland reported, the 36-year-old father was in the car with his teenage son when they saw the boy his son claimed had been bullying him.Screenshot/News 5 Cleveland
The bullying began on social media and continued for more than a year — despite the dad’s efforts to stop it. Both teens attend James Rhodes High School in Cleveland.
According to police, when Carlos and his 16-year-old son saw the bully on the street, Carlos made his son get out of the car and fight his bully. According to Cleveland.com, during the scuffle, the bully picked up Carlos’s son and slammed the teen on the ground, causing serious head injuries.
After the street fight, Carlos drove his son to the hospital. The teen suffered bleeding in his brain and was placed in intensive care. Carlos was charged with felony child endangerment for his role in the fight.
Cynthia Conner, Carlos’s sister, doesn’t believe Carlos forced his son to confront the bully. She told News 5 the teen willingly jumped out of the car and started the scuffle:
“This has been going on for a year and half, you don’t think my brother could’ve forced him to get out the car a year and a half ago? Here, here he is, I’m going to bring you right to him, fight him. My brother’s not a bad guy.”
Police have not yet spoken to the teen, who remains in the hospital. The police report was reportedly filed by the boy’s mother.
Cynthia claims the charges reflect the bad blood between Carlos and the boy’s mother (Carlos’s ex-wife). She also defended Carlos’s decision to let the teens brawl in the street. As she told News 5:
“I think he did the parental, smart thing, let them fight and said OK, after the fight was over, said OK, the fight was over, took his child and took him to the hospital.”