Parents furious at the recent fighting at Baton Rouge high school; EBR school officials launch “full investigation”
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Videos of savage fighting were taken recently at Tara High School in Baton Rouge and on the bus, some parents worry.
The videos show several fights that allegedly took place on campus just a few weeks ago.
And some were even posted on Instagram, under the nickname @ tara_.fightss
“Someone could have had a gun. I mean for now, I haven’t even sent him back to school since the fight, ”said a parent of a grade 9 student at the school, who did not want to be identified.
This parent says his son was allegedly jumped twice in recent weeks and forced to defend himself on campus.
“One of the fights, he was hit in the back of the neck by another student, while fighting against a student,” the mom said. “And also, the same student he was fighting, hit him on the head with a crutch, which is classified as a weapon, during the fight.”
WAFB has scrambled all the videos we got because kids are involved.
It’s hard to say, but a teacher can be seen in the video, trying to break up the fight between the students, after one student uses a crutch to attack another.
In another video from a separate incident, you can see blood streaming down a girl’s face, in what appears to be a classroom.
“He said they jumped him (his son) because he was winning the fight. And also, it’s posted on social networks, that it was going to be the result, ”said the mother.
The woman claims that school principals did not alert her, that her child was suspended for 4 days until the second fight in which he was involved.
“I mean, I could be at work, and my kid could be in the hospital fighting for his life because he got down to it with a kid. And I don’t know until I quit work. These are messages that we (parents) need to know, ”she said.
But a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System told WAFB in a statement that was not true.
“The EBRPSS takes physical combat seriously. As soon as the school administration was informed of the incidents, they launched a full investigation. Parents or guardians of each student were also informed verbally and in writing of the next steps for their students, ”said Alexandra Deiro Stubbs, Head of Communications and Public Relations for EBR Schools.
According to the EBR Schools Handbook, students involved in a school brawl can be suspended or expelled.
Or they could face stiffer penalties if law enforcement is involved or called upon to intervene.
Although this is not the case here, this woman says enough is enough.
“He (my son) is getting kicked out of school. Tomorrow morning, ”the grade 9 parent said.
Alexandra Stubbs says the school system is working to provide resources for students, so things don’t escalate into fights in the future.
“The EBRPSS has invested heavily in developing multi-level support systems focused on the socio-emotional development of our children. The EBRPSS is committed to equipping all of our students with the resources and support they need to mitigate these types of incidents before they escalate.
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