Parents of a 12 year old black schoolgirl are suing her school, alleging that their daughter suffered rope burns to her neck when she was attacked by a group of boys during a school camping trip in Texas..
The parents allege that their daughterwas injured by a group of white children who intentionally put the rope around her neck and dragged her to the ground, resulting in her injuries.
They have now filed a £2million lawsuit, claiming the incident appeared to be racially-motivated and amounted to bullying.
Live Oak Classical School said in a statement that the girl’s injuries were “caused accidentally” while the students were playing with a rope swing attached to a tree
According to local media, the girl was on a camping trip watching other children on a swing when she felt a rope being wrapped around her neck.
Three boys then started pulling on it, the family claim, sending the girl falling over.
Live Oak Classical School in Waco,Texas, has disputed the parent’s claim, branding the April incident an “unfortunate accident”.
But the girl, who cannot be named was left with “severe” cuts to her neck from the rope, her family say.
They have now filed a £2million lawsuit, claiming what happened appeared to be racially-motivated and amounted to bullying.
It is also alleged the school failed to properly investigate the incident.
The family’s lawyer Levi McCathern told the Waco Tribune: “I think part of it is to compensate the victim, part of it is trying to send a message that we have to protect these defenceless kids up at school.
“And I think part of it is to punish the school for not taking care of the kids and following through with responsibilities to notify parents when they have a student that is seriously injured.”
But a member of the school board, Jeremy Counsellor, told The Dallas News: “The student received first aid treatment immediately after the accident by a parent chaperone who is also a physician, and she was able to enjoy the remainder of the field trip, which lasted through the next day.
“Live Oak takes the safety of its students seriously and is saddened that one of its family suffered an unfortunate accident and injury.” — The Dallas Morning News YouTube video: