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This is not okay.
A black 5thgrade student was seen on camera being attacked by 3 white students, and social media users wants the Florida School District to speak up. The young student was seen getting jumped by the three young boys, in the schools gym locker room.
The incident took place last week, and the video has since gone viral. Now, as expected the video has outraged many of people and a call to action is being issued. Aside from the school not disciplining the students, according to reports- the family of the student says a teacher was present in the locker room and did not do enough to protect him.
“I mean not only was I disturbed, but I was enraged. It is so hard to watch” said Lauren Springfield, the boy’s mother.
“You get the videos and you’re like, ‘Well this is way more!’ This is not an altercation, it is not a fight between two or more people, this was an attack,” Springfield said.
One of the students was charged with a misdemeanor, and suspended for 10 days.
“We learned that the teacher was actually in the locker room and I don’t understand that. How can you be in the locker room in your office, hear this going on, and you just tell the kids to chill out? You never once get up in the span of four minutes to go and check on the child? I don’t understand that,” Springfield said.
The teacher present is reportedly being investigated. You can hear the teacher telling the student to stop fighting, but for Springfield states, that simply was not enough.
“Your number one priority is the safety of your students. Originally I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt because I’ve been a teacher, but then to know that he was right there and couldn’t stop it. I mean we could be having such a different conversation right now. Had he hit his head harder, had the right punch been thrown he could’ve had permanent damage. He could’ve been dead,” Springfield said.
Springfield said she’s fighting for justice so that this won’t happen to anyone else’s child.
“I want justice for my son. I want the punishments to actually match the severity of what happened,” Springfield said.