A Washington, D.C., mom was infuriated after footage from her son’s school revealed he was punched in the stomach by another parent.
Lena Mclean’s son, John, was in KIPP DC Spring Academy when the parent of his schoolmate allegedly punched him in the stomach. The 7-year-old recalled doubling over in pain after it happened.
"I was in the hallway, the day was on Wednesday, and then somebody punched me in my stomach," John Mclean told ABC 13 News. "It made my stomach real painful."
After John was assaulted, the parent walked away from the child and exited the school building.
When Lena was told the story, she immediately requested any security footage the school had. Lena recalled having positive interactions with the parent in the past and she doesn’t understand how the interaction between the parent and John escalated to violence.
“You don’t bully a child. You don’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids,” Lena said to WJLA. “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.”
After the incident, KIPP DC sent the following letter to parents of the community:
Dear Webb Campus families,
On Wednesday, an isolated incident occurred on campus between a student and a family acquaintance who was also a Spring Academy parent. KIPP DC emergency protocol includes contacting the police, confirming a students' (sic) health and safety with the school nurse, and immediately notifying students' families. We would like to commend KIPP DC staff members for following all emergency protocol and quickly addressing this isolated incident.
The health and safety of our students, teachers and staff remains our number one priority and we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that students and staff are safe at school.
As this is an open police investigation, and in an effort to protect the privacy of the individuals involved, we are unable to provide additional details at this time. Please direct any questions or concerns about this incident to the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 698-0150.
Again, our priority is to make sure all of our students are safe and learning at our wonderful schools. Thank you for your continued support.
D.C. police are now investigating the incident. No arrests have been made and the parent has not yet been named.
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