MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A disturbing video shows a pregnant 15-year-old student being attacked at a Tennessee high school on Monday.
The girl, who is four months pregnant, told WREG she was attacked by fellow students on her way to class at Trezevant High School in Memphis.
Video of the attack was captured on a cellphone, and appears to show several students beat the girl and push her into a set of lockers.
“They was holding me down. It took them forever to get her up off of me, and then she kicked me in my stomach,” said the girl, whom WREG is not identifying.
She said the attack was initiated by one girl, but other students soon joined in. The girl went to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Monday with injuries to her head and back.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, according to her mother.
“Several boys been trying to fight her. A boy been trying to get his girlfriend to fight her all year. I’ve been up here constantly,” she said.
Her mother also said two boys attacked her daughter on a school bus last week, and that her daughter has been attacked on and off school premises multiple times since December. Each time, the school’s response has been less than satisfactory, she said.
“I’ve talked to several administrators up here, and I’ve told them what happened and they’re like, ‘Oh, we’ll work it out’ or ‘We’ll get it fixed’ and nothing has happened,” the mother said.
“As a mother, you want to protect your children. But my child’s not safe at school, she’s not safe on the bus, what do I do?”
The girl told WREG a teacher was present during Monday’s attack but didn’t offer to help.
“She wasn’t doing nothing. She was just standing right there,” she said.
WREG emailed Shelby County Schools on Tuesday morning and was told it was looking into it.
“We take all allegations that relate to student safety very seriously and are investigating these claims,” an emailed statement read.