LAS VEGAS — A 13-year-old student’s mother released video showing her daughter getting body slammed to the ground by a school administrator before classes started for the day Wednesday at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas, FOX5 Vegas reports.
The video shows a verbal altercation before an officer and administrator stepped in to break it up. The administrator grabs onto a girl and throws her to the ground. Then he tries to restrain her by using his body weight on top of her.
Lucenda Randle, the mother of the girl in the video, said a fight never broke out until the administrator started acting violently. She’s now planning to sue the school district and is calling for the administrator to lose his job.
“She is not no animal. She is my child,” Randle said. “She was thrown like a rug rat, then he got on top of her and laid there and pressed her face after it already hit the concrete.”
Randle sent FOX5 pictures showing her daughter’s injuries. The girl has cuts on her faces and, Randle said, the teen’s back was injured.
“That’s not the way you do things,” she said. “(An administrator is) somebody the kids at the school look up to, somebody that the kids at the school should be able to run to, to talk to, to explain things to.”
The mother said the incident happened before school started, at about 7 a.m. She said she wasn’t notified until about 10 a.m. and the school did not tell her that the administrator was involved.
Several other students, who claim they were trying to break up the fight, said they were suspended.
The Clark County School District and Clark County Police Department have declined FOX5’s requests for an interview or statement. They have refused to release the name of the administrator.
Students who saw the video on Facebook said they were shocked by it, especially because there aren’t fights on campus very often.
“It’s just two girls fighting. I didn’t think it would get out of hand like that,” said one student, who witnessed the encounter. “The dean came out of nowhere. I didn’t even know he was down there, and he just slammed her.”
Many of them said the administrator went too far and should have let a campus officer handle it instead.
“I think they’re showing the kids a bad example because he didn’t have to do all that. He really didn’t,” another student said. “That’s horrible man… He put his hands on a woman like that? I still don’t understand that.”