GoFundMe set-up for Geismar student exceeds goal

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles

A GoFundMe page has been setup for eight-year-old Jordan Jackson, a Spanish Lake Primary student who was injured during an after hours altercation at the Geismar school on Nov. 14.

The medical fund was set up by his uncle Cris Colbert on behalf of mother, Alana Jackson, to cover increasing medical costs which consists of a broken arm and a concussion.

"Since the initial event, Jordan has been to the emergency room three times, the last two of which have been for extreme headaches, nausea and dizziness," Colbert posted on the GoFundMe page. "Doctors have diagnosed him with post-concussion syndrome. It's a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months or a year or more after a concussion."

Since setting up the page nearly two weeks ago, the campaign has well succeeded its goal of $5,000. As of Monday, $46,821 has been donated by nearly 1,500 people from around the country in just nine days. Colbert has said that the extra money raised will be donated to a charity.

"Although being urged by many to setup this GoFundMe page to help with some of these expenses, Alana is still really hesitant about asking for help like this," he posted. "She isn't used to asking for help and doesn't want people to feel this is about making money off of what happened. As she told me, 'if I have to go broke to not cloud the issue then so be it.'"

The Jackson Family has since sought legal counsel, urging them not to speak about the incident as it is being investigated by authorities.

"We are working closely with the proper authorities while an investigation into this unfortunate situation is underway," reads a statement from the Jackson Family via their attorney. "Despite what our son has experienced, we remain optimistic that the parties involved will implement policy changes within the parish that would prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future. We appreciate the continued prayers and support from the community as we navigate through this difficult process."