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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