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A 13-year-old student identified only as Diego died from injuries suffered after he was punched at school.

Teen dies from head injury after attack at California middle school

The 13-year-old boy's head struck a concrete pillar after another boy punched him at a middle school in Moreno Valley, Calif.

A 13-year-old boy whose head struck a concrete pillar after he was punched by another boy at a California middle school has died from his injuries.

CBS LA reports that the boy, identified only as Diego, was pronounced dead Tuesday night as a result of the injuries he sustained in a Sept. 16 attack at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, Calif.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office says it has filed complaints against two juveniles charging them with assault in connection with the attack.

On Wednesday night, a vigil was held at the school, but grief turned to anger when Moreno Valley Unified Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora arrived.

“What did the school district do? Nothing,” one woman said. “What did the school district do a week before when the mother came pleading for her son’s life? They did nothing. Where is the superintendent?”

Kedziora addressed the mourners briefly, stating that his goal was to work with the community and to support them, but some in the crowd questioned his sincerity.

“We are the community, and you’re not working with us,” a woman said. “We are the community.”

Others said Kedziora should resign for what they said was a lack of action to curb an ongoing problem with bullying.

What started as an emotional tribute to the teen, ended with Kedziora seeking shelter inside of the school behind locked doors as Riverside County sheriff’s deputies stood outside.

On Thursday, Kedziora posted a message on the district's web site in response to the events of the night before.

"Although student safety and security remain our top priority, it was evident from last night’s meeting that we not only make you aware of our efforts, but give you more opportunities to partner with us," Kedziora says.
"...I thank each and every one of you who attended the meeting and shared your concerns. Many parents indicated that they want to be part of the solution, and understood that there is a shared responsibility between all of us - the schools, the district, law enforcement, and parents.
"I urge you to encourage your student to come to school tomorrow and every day. Additionally, please encourage your child if they see something to say something, and be an upstander against bullying. 
"Please know that we need to work together to ensure our schools remain a safe place for education each day. This cannot be accomplished if students are not in school. School absences disrupt student learning and pose a significant safety risk."

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