Surveillance video shows a Pompano Beach middle school student being thrown to the ground and pummeled by a security officer, the student’s attorney says.
The video from Crystal Lake Community Middle School shows the security officer, an adult, in an altercation with the 12-year-old student. From one angle it appears that he forcefully shoves her against a fence and continues tussling with her on the ground.
“I think any parent should be offended,” said the student’s attorney, Peter Hanna, of the incident that happened in March.
“Although the student was accused of quote acting up in class, does that warrant being tossed to the ground, thrown against the fence and pummeled by some grown man?” he said.
The video, from March 28, appears to be edited and moves in fast-forward. Hanna said Principal Sabine Phillips gave the clip to the student’s father.
NBC 6 South Florida obtained emails between the principal and several teachers who gave witness statements.
The security officer, Trevor Allen, also detailed the encounter in his email.
“When I went to redirect her by placing my hand on her shoulder and asking her to follow me once again, instead, she swung at me with a closed fist striking me in my shoulder and the side of my head,” Allen wrote. “At this point I had to restrain her for the safety of myself, herself, and others.”
NBC 6’s news partner the South Florida Times first reported the story. School district officials did not respond to requests for comment from either the South Florida Times or NBC 6.
Hanna sent registered letters to the principal and other district officials demanding an explanation, but said he too has been ignored.
“If she was doing something that bad that warranted this, why didn't she get suspended afterwards, why didn't she get expelled afterwards?” he said.