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The Folsom Cordova Unified School District announced an outside, independent investigation is underway of an incident that put a 12-year-old student in the hospital.

Earlier in November, a Folsom Middle School parent notified the school their child had been seriously injured after an incident with another student during a field trip. The school immediately launched an investigation and, after interviewing witnesses and those involved, implemented disciplinary consequences.

School district officials say they understand the student who was injured continues to feel unsafe, so they are working with the families to take appropriate measures.

"The district could have done the right thing on its own. I don't believe an independent investigation was needed. The facts are clear. There were witnesses to this incident," family attorney Justin Ward said.

The district released the following statement regarding the incident:

“What happened to this young man was terrible. Every parent wants us to keep their children from getting hurt at school, and we are sorry this happened. There is nothing more important than the physical and emotional safety of our children, and we are here to do whatever we can to help this student continue to improve and recover quickly.

"It is a fact that Folsom Cordova has experienced challenges related to bullying and race in recent years. We own these challenges, we are working hard to improve, and we know we have much work ahead.”

ABC10 has also learned the NAACP is involved in the investigation.