The daddy of a Parkland faculty taking pictures sufferer ripped directors Tuesday for distancing themselves from the brutal beating of a pupil in a close-by parking zone that was captured on viral video.
The unidentified male sufferer suffered a cranium fracture when he was punched, kicked and dropped on his head within the parking zone throughout the road from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Fla., final week.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one in all 17 victims gunned down on the faculty by mass killer Nikolas Cruz in 2018, is amongst a gaggle of fogeys saying directors are dodging accountability over the beat-down.
The protesting dad and mom say faculty officers have tried to absolve themselves of duty for the stunning assault, which has led to 5 arrests to date, by saying it was technically off faculty property.
In an electronic mail to oldsters, the college mentioned, “The park isn’t a college or district-operated property; nonetheless, the college is working with legislation enforcement to assist establish these concerned.”
Guttenberg advised The Submit on Tuesday that whereas “the parking zone is technically out of the campus perimeter … this faculty has the entire college students who drive park their automobiles in that lot throughout the road. That’s the place the scholars stroll to and from each single day.”
Guttenberg, who has emerged as a vocal and influential voice for gun reform after the Parkland bloodbath, mentioned college students ought to take pleasure in a way of safety not solely at school however round it.
“For years since the taking pictures I’ve referenced that true faculty safety includes what occurs exterior that perimeter,” he mentioned. “And I’ve particularly talked about that parking zone.”
Faculties throughout the nation usually search to distance themselves from unwelcome incidents in the event that they happen close to campus however exterior their property strains.
The protection is continuously invoked in cyber-bullying circumstances, irritating dad and mom who argue that their complaints of abuse are ignored if the incidents don’t happen immediately on campus.
“It’s not a very good look,” a Broward County faculty supply mentioned of Parkland’s stance. “These college students from the college, they’re proper exterior faculty. They’re not fooling anybody, and making an attempt to weasel out of duty is just going to make issues worse.”
Final week’s assault led to felony battery prices in opposition to 5 teenagers, recognized by police as Sylvester Hicks, 16, Jahmeer Beauziel, 17, Caleb Hensley, 17, Jordan Thompson, 16, and Chinua Leefatt, 15.
4 of them attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas, whereas a fifth attended Coral Glades Excessive College.
Police are nonetheless looking for a sixth suspect.
College Principal Michelle Kefford mentioned she’s going to transfer to expel the Stoneman college students concerned within the assault.
Leefatt’s father, Barrington Leefatt, advised native retailers that his son was attacked first and is the precise sufferer within the case.
The Parkland campus has change into saddled with the legacy of the 2018 mass slayings, with staffers telling The Submit that violent incidents are inevitably magnified due to its historical past.
“There are fights throughout this district,” the staffer mentioned. “However we’re Parkland, it comes with the territory now.”
Cruz was sentenced to 17 life phrases final yr for the Valentine’s Day bloodbath.
The previous Stoneman pupil marched into the the college with an AR-15 assault rifle and started spraying defenseless victims with bullets.
All advised, 14 college students and three staff misplaced their lives.