7-year-old beaten unconscious by classmates
A Maryland girl was beaten unconscious by at least four classmates Tuesday morning.
The 7-year-old was assaulted during recess at Thomas Claggett Elementary School in District Height.
The little girl’s parents say their daughter was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in D.C. She was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Her mother, Phersephone Holland, says she can’t believe it happened at school. “That’s my baby. I bring her to school and that’s the least thing I expect is a phone call informing me that my daughter is unconscious,” she says.
Holland says she is wondering where all the adults were during the attack. So is the victim’s father, Rodney Smyers. He says this isn’t the first time his daughter has been bullied and hit at school. “One incident, she came home, she had a split in her lip,” he says. “It’s an ongoing problem,” he adds.
During the attack about 75 kids crammed into the gymnasium. Five teachers were supervising at the time. None of them saw the incident.
The child’s parents are concerned that more severe acts could happen. “Notice needs to be sent out because next time it could be a little pocket knife or a gun to school,” Holland told Fox 5. She says her daughter will not be returning to Claggett Elementary, as both her and Smyers believe their daughter’s life is in danger.
A spokesman for Prince George County Public Schools says they are investigating. The district will also send a letter to parents about the incident on Wednesday.
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