Girl, 7, Beaten Unconscious by Classmates at Md. Elementary School

Maureen Umeh, My Fox DC, January 29, 2014

A 7-year-old girl at Thomas Claggett Elementary School in District Heights, Md., was beaten unconscious by at least four classmates Tuesday morning.

It happened during recess in the school’s gymnasium.

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.


FOX 5 has learned during the attack on Tuesday, there were about 75 kids crammed into the gymnasium and only about five teachers supervising. None of the teachers apparently saw the incident.

[The girl’s parents] Smyers and Holland are concerned about what not only seems to be a lack of supervision, but the fact that school officials haven’t disciplined the boys involved or informed other parents of what happened.

“Notice needs to be sent out because next time it could be a little pocket knife or a gun to school,” says Holland.

She says her daughter will likely not be coming back to Claggett Elementary School. She says both she and Smyers believe their daughter’s life at the school is in danger.


[Editor’s note: The victim is black; the school is 89 percent black and 8 percent Hispanic.]


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