Cell phone video shows attack on special needs student

A Port Arthur woman says cell phone video reveals a serious bullying issue at Port Arthur Memorial High School.     

A video taken inside a gym at Memorial High School shows a number of boys attacking a special needs student.  The video shows at least six teens swinging away, punching the defenseless student as he desperately tries to get away.

The aunt of the bullied student says it's not the first time it has happened. Linda Davis says that the fight in the video happened Friday.  She saw the video Monday.  On Tuesday she met with administrators at Memorial High School. Davis said she was told the fight was under investigation, but nothing was done. 

Davis brought the video to 12News because she said nothing was being done.  As she was on the way home, she received a call from the school asking her to pick up her nephew because he had been involved in another fight.  She said she was also told he was issued a citation for fighting back.

"They said he lost his credibility by fighting back and that they cannot help him," said Davis.

Davis says her nephew's grades have also suffered because of the attacks.

"His grades have dropped since all of this started going on.  He was on the A and B honor roll.... (now) he's started slicing on his wrists."

A photo of the student's face shows bruising and cuts suffered from the attack.  Davis' nephew was placed in detention to separate the Sophomore from other students.

"They should have been in detention and my child should have gone onto class because that's why he's going to school," said Davis.

The Port Arthur Independent School District has a bullying policy that includes collecting reports, conducting an investigation, disciplining students and counseling or transferring the victim to another school. 

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie would only say that when bullying takes place the district follows the policy. 

 


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