The father of a nine-year-old Broward Estates Elementary School students said his daughter has been bullied, beaten up, and doesn’t want to go back to the school.
The man, Robert, asked NBC 6 not to use his full name or his daughter’s name. Robert, who is a teacher, said when he picked up his daughter from school Friday afternoon she was covered with bruises. The girl spent part of the afternoon at Palmetto General getting her wounds checked out.
The girl said her classmates had been beating her up for five weeks. According to the girl, she said she was in the cafeteria and accidentally bumped into a classmate and was immediately threatened.
“She said, ‘If you touch me one more time, I’m going to knock the mess out of you,’” the girl told NBC 6.
The girl said she was then pushed by another student into the first girl who threatened her and then punches began to fly.
“So she hit me, I hit her back, in the back, harder, as hard as I can, and she beat me,” the girl said.
The fight was eventually broken up and Robert said he was called by the principal who told him that his daughter had been attacked. Students at the school can go to a “safe zone” to get away from harassment, but the students must have a teacher or adult’s permission to go.
Robert said when his daughter asked her teacher to go to the safe zone, the teacher said no.
“I’m just most disappointed in the fact that the principal of Broward Estates Elementary assured me that she would be allowed to go to a safe zone when a substitute is in the classroom, and she was denied that,” Robert said.
Broward School told NBC 6’s Justin Finch they are investigating the incident. Still, Robert and his daughter said that on Monday, she wouldn’t be in class.
“I never want to go back to that school,” the girl said.