Hearing stories of school children being assaulted in school hallways usually conjures up images of brutish bullies terrorizing peers. We'd never think that a parent would attack a child for no reason—that is, until now. At a Washington, D.C. charter school, surveillance cameras caught a dad punch someone else's 7-year-old in the stomach.
Shortly after dropping off his own child, the man can be seen approaching John Mclean in the hallway, hitting him in the stomach and walking away as the second grader fell to his knees, doubled over in pain. Moments later, the principal found the little boy and took him to the nurse. He told the school officials what had happened and his mother, Lena Mclean, was called.
“I was in the hallway, the day was on Wednesday and then somebody punched me in my stomach. It made my stomach real painful,” the child told local ABC30.
That dad has since been banned from the building and the school sent a letter to KIPP DC Spring Academy parents about the incident that read: "The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff remains our No. 1 priority and we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that students and staff are safe at school.”
Still, questions remain about the attack. The victim and the attacker's son were friends, and the punch was reportedly unprovoked. Of course, even if the child had said something out of line, there is no excuse for violence. A police report was filed, but the man has not been charged.
“You don’t bully a child, you don’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids,” Mclean said. “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.”
Photo via ABC affiliate WJLA