WASHINGTON — A pair of beatings in Prince George’s County schools have
parents furious, claiming that nothing has been done to stop the violence.
On Friday, a 15-year-old girl was beaten and a 16-year-old boy who tried to
defend her suffered a broken jaw in an incident that was caught on video, FOX5 reports.
The girl’s mother, Tarniece Hinton-Mines, told FOX5, “I’ve done everything
that I was supposed to do as a parent to prevent this from happening to my
child and it happened anyway.”
She says that she told administrators at the school that her daughter had been
bullied, even filling out a form on the
Prince George’s County Schools website to inform officials about the
bullying, but she says no action was taken.
“The parents need to be held liable, the children need to be held liable, the
school needs to be held liable, the school board needs to be held liable,” she
The county school system issued a statement.
“Please be assured that the school system is taking swift and appropriate
Principal Nate Newman said at a meeting Tuesday night that “administration,
teachers and security responded in less than one minute. They were on it. They
were in the hallway. They were doing their job.”
The families dispute that.
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Meanwhile, a mother in Capitol Heights says that her daughter was kicked and
beaten after school, in another incident that was caught on video, nearly a
month ago, and feels nothing has been done about it.
Referring to the administration at Fairmont Heights High School, Bonita Porter
ABC7, “They have not communicated with me whatsoever what’s going to
happen to these girls.”
Her daughter, Sade Washington, was attacked Oct. 24. Washington says in
addition to kicking and beating, a Taser was used on her as well.
Porter says Washington “went back to school, but she’s still afraid.”
Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman Max Pugh tells ABC7 that
“disciplinary actions were taken,” but that he couldn’t say what they were,
saying such details “would be confidential student information.”
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