7-Year Old Girl Beaten Unconscious at School and the Boys aren’t Even Punished

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by Barry Burch Jr.

It would turn out to be a violent recess at Thomas Claggett Elementary School in District Heights, Md, Tuesday morning.  No one could have ever imagined that one of the school’s seven-year-old female students would be beaten unconscious, let alone by male students.

The fight took place inside of the school’s gymnasium during recess.  According to the girl’s parents, their daughter was diagnosed with a mild concussion after being transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in D.C.

Phersephone Holland, the little girls’ mother, finds it hard to believe what happened.

“That’s my baby,” she declared.  “I bring her to school and that’s the least thing I expect is a phone call informing me that my daughter is unconscious.”

Holland wants to know where all the adults were when her daughter was being brutally beaten.  The victim’s father, Rodney Smyers, is wondering the same thing.  According to him, this is not the first time something like this has happened to his daughter at the school.

He explained, “One incident, she came home, she had a split in her lip. . . It’s an ongoing problem.”

Though Smyers says that he spoke with officials about the matter, apparently not enough was done to prevent future attacks.

Tuesday’s event in the gymnasium consisted of approximately 75 children and five teachers, as reported by FOX 5.  None of the five claim to have seen the incident.

A lack of supervision seems to be the central problem at the school, according to Smyers and Holland.  And to add insult to injury, the boys who were involved allegedly have not been penalized or so much as had their parents contacted.

“Notice needs to be sent out because next time it could be a little pocket knife or a gun to school,” Holland said.

The chances are very slim that Holland’s daughter will again attend Claggett Elementary School.  Both of the parents say they believe their child’s life to be at risk.

“It’s serious.  A child was unconscious today,” said Holland.  “It could have been worse than that. She could have died.”

Max Pugh, spokesperson for Prince George’s County Public Schools, says an investigation is underway and that the parents of the boys involved will receive a letter to their homes on Wednesday.

Barry is a student of life.  Other than writing, he enjoys mathematics and philosophy.  Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com 


28 Comment

  1. Thats a law suit for negligence.

  2. WOW, just a letter

  3. Better get a lawyer…I bet she will get a response and the parents too , once she start pressing charges and suing!

  4. If she was a black child then it's just that they didn't care I love in Fresno ca and my son was 3 ,years old and was beat to death by his father and girlfriend and they are not into helping the black community it's sad to say but yes it's true I tried telling people they was dangerous but nobody listen to me good luck family

  5. Wow these schools are lacking in protecting our children very sad to hear, what's going on in the world today.

  6. This is sad, l say law suit & the boys should be held accountable for their actions, I would be raising much hell if it was my child

  7. Correction: this was not a 'fight'; it was an assault. Hope the parents sue the school and officials.

  8. A letter will be sent home?? That's it.. I think if it was my child I might be locked up now… Already they're abusing females, crying shame.

  9. What?! Those kids should be expelled and the little Gil's parents should file assault charges with the police! What the hell is wrong with this school and its teachers!

  10. I agree! Those boys should be expelled and assault charges should be filed with the police! Those boys need a psychiatric evaluation because something is wrong if they are that aggressive.

  11. is it a pubic school; shocking smdh

  12. Why do ignorant ass people always have to turn this into race? This is about a little girl being attacked by numerous boys into unconsciousness while teachers didn't do their jobs to supervise and protects this little girls. Idgaf what any of their colors are, those boys need to be punished as well as the teachers!!! I'm sorry for the loss of your son but it isn't about race. My son was killed by a black man who got 3 years in jail for killing my son and his mom (he was adopted) and he had priors. He was out in 2. There are piece of shit cops everywhere but to keep using the excuse "its because I'm black" is outdated. Stop with the damn slave mentality already

  13. Amen. Some asses would be tore the fuck up

  14. Sue the teachers, the parents, the school, the principal, the school district, even the damn state!!! Make a statement to get these schools safe for our kids.

  15. Brassknuckles N'Tattoos Unless you are a descendent of Slavery, don't comment about the slave mentality/

  16. Dorothy funny you should say that because not only am I native American (my people were raped, killed and enslaved by the white men when they came over to take this land) and Italian (whom were enslaved at the same time as African Americans were in America) but I am also Jewish where Hitler enslaved and murdered over 6 million of my people including a lot of my family. So Dorothy, I am a decedent of rape murder, torture, and slavery. Another ignorant mind thinking that only black people were ever enslaved. Do some research. Arabs were the first slave owners, then Africans, then r Europeans. Who still has slavery? Africa and Arab nations. Go figure that over here everyone is equal and still have slave mentality but can't even help fight for their race in the homeland

  17. I wish u was where I could get to u u look white so u should have no problems and it very much is still a white world it's hard out here if u didn't know maybe u should walk thro the ghetto some times and see what it is about

  18. A damn letter pick up the F*** phone…should have been suspended n the same day. I know the parent's are going to sue them big time!

  19. Its always about race the system don’t give a fuck about black on black crime let’s them niggers kill each other,but if had been alittle bloond haired blue eyed devil girl and some black boys did this all hell would be breaking loose, so keep real

  20. i was sadden to here about your sons passing andbi never would have known if it wasn't for a page on my fb that im highly involved with.. i understand wht u saying in all respect i seen.napa girl but not ur son on tv.. i seen casey anthony but not lyrik martin i seen polly klass but not georgia mosis.. it seems we still deal with a rasist american and its extremely sad and unnecessary

  21. Brassknuckles N'Tattoos First Sir, If you are trying to show your level of "intel" or intelligence, my word of advice, is to stop calling people by derogatory terms . It is completely useless and only shows your LACK of said intelligence . I know that this will go completely over your so-called "ENLIGHTENED" mind, but this reply is for those that have "an ear to hear"
    "WE" are in a state of war, that is completely controlled by a psychology of SEPARATISM, where "WE" have been divided into FACTIONS, Black,White,Hispanic, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Native American, Italian, Jewish, Arabian & so on. I am glad to see that you put yourself in ALL of these categories, but then you proceed to call the next young lady, as you did the first an "IGNORANT MIND" .. then you tell both young ladies to "DO SOME RESEARCH" as if you have a handle on ALL HIS-TORICAL GENETICS ????
    Well reading your little diatribe, I can with my small knowledge of history and genetics see that , you might need to do A LOT MORE RESEARCH YOURSELF before you criticize others for their PERSONAL OPINIONS …..
    Ms Tiara, and Ms Dorothy Jones, NEVER CLAIMED TO BE ANY TYPE OF AUTHORITY ON ANY SUBJECT !!!!!, They were (if i may speak for them), simply stating THEIR PERSONAL OPINIONS !!!!! the last time I checked each of us has a SO-CALLED RIGHT to our own opinions …… For you to be so self righteous as to tell an AMERICAN NATIONAL of AFRICAN DESCENT, That he or she has A Damned "SLAVE MENTALITY" IS AT THE LEAST DISINGENUOUS, because you claim Native American descent, so what is your definition of "SLAVE MENTALITY" with "YOUR PEOPLE" as opposed to an American National of African descent ……

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