PAHOKEE, Fla. (CBS12) — A girl who was attacked by two female students in a hallway at Pahokee Middle-Senior High School last Friday has been arrested for bringing a weapon to school.
According to the victim's mother, her 18 year old daughter---a high school junior---brought a knife to school on Tuesday because she felt scared and did not feel safe at school.
The victim's mother says she did not get a call from the school. She says another parent called to tell her that her daughter was arrested.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the district sent out a notice to parents, confirming the arrest. The district said the student brought a kitchen knife to school which was removed from her backpack without incident.
"I don't have a reaction. I'm shocked but I'm not shocked," said Jakeria Carter, the mother of the girl who was beaten on Friday.
The fight at school Friday was caught on cellphone video. The girl suffered a cut to her head. The video shows her being repeatedly punched and kicked by two girls. The two girls were also arrested.
All three students could face additional strict disciplinary action from the school district.
Carter claimed school administrators watched the attack on her daughter.
CBS12 News asked the school district for the protocol when fights erupt on campus. Here is their statement:
"While there is no established protocol for a member of staff who witnesses a physical altercation, there is no expectation for that individual to physically intervene. Instead, the expectation is that the employee immediately calls for assistance and, to the best of their ability, keeps crowds moving to avoid additional participants in the incident.
It is important to note that there is law enforcement stationed on every District campus, members of staff who are trained in the de-escalation of violent incidents, and behavioral specialists.
We all play a role in school safety and, to accomplish that, it is also critically important for parents and guardians to discuss the importance of teaching their children the importance of peaceful resolutions to conflict. Students who fight on School District property are subject to discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, and also possible criminal charges."
Here's the letter from the Pahokee Middle-Senior High School principal to parents in its entirety:
Pahokee Middle-Senior High parents and guardians,
Today, following a Fortify Florida tip, School District Police investigated and confirmed the identity of a student in possession of a kitchen knife. The knife was removed from the student’s backpack without incident.
Parents, it's important to note that some items that are appropriate at home, such as a kitchen knife, are strictly forbidden on School District property. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who commits a violation of the District’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
Florida Statute specifically defines what is classified as a weapon. This category includes items such as knives, guns, and electronic devices including tasers. These weapons are prohibited on all School District property, except as used by law enforcement officers.
The student found in possession of a knife today is in School Police custody and may face criminal charges, in addition to strict discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
I want to recognize the student who appropriately used the Fortify Florida app to report their concern. We continually encourage our students and staff to find a trusted adult or use the Fortify Florida app, to report suspicious or concerning activity.
Parents, please remind your students that some items they have access to at home are not appropriate to bring to school. I would also recommend an occasional check of your student’s backpack before they leave in the morning.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can contact the school at (561) 924-6500 Thank you for your continued support of Pahokee Middle-Senior High.