NAACP call for criminal charges against three baltimore school workers who restrained and beat a black student in the head
A disturbing video shows two male staffers of the Baltimore school restrain and beat a student in the head in the incident that took place on December 2.
It happened at Howard County High School in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City. The footage shows a security guard and an administrator of the Howard County Public School help the school resource officer pin down a black student, whose name was not released, before striking him in the head multiple times.
The incident ended up with the student being disciplined.
The security assistant, a former police officer, was placed on paid leave. The incident triggered several organizations, including the Maryland chapter of the NAACP, to call for criminal charged to be pressed against all three staff members of the school.
“It has been brought to our attention that criminal charges have been filed against the child who was attacked by an adult HCPSS employee, but no charges have been filed against the adult,” president of the NAACP Maryland State Conference Willie Flowers said in a statement to the news station.
“We have demanded an investigation into the incident, but we never thought that a student would be charged for a crime when the student was the one on the ground being assaulted by three male adults and punched in the head by one of them. It sends a terrible message to the community that children will be abused, and the traumatizing acts of an adult employee will be overlooked,” Flowers added.
“The security assistant assaulted the student with the amount of force that is intended to cause serious bodily harm while the SRO and assistant principals stood by and watched,” NAACP representative Candace Jaimes said. “Therefore, it is the position of the NAACP that the staff that was involved in that incident should be fired and charged criminally.”
“We demand that appropriate measures be taken against others who have perpetrated violence against this child and the school system, instead of hiding behind the policies, look at the policies and realize what isn’t working, what needs to be done, and what needs to be changed,” Peart added.