JACKSONVILLE, Fl --In a cellphone video posted to social media, it is clear that Khristian Garcia is not the aggressor. The sixth grader was standing in a corner of his classroom when he is sucker punched in the face by another student.
"I didn't do anything," said Garcia, "I didn't try to fight or anything. I just didn't want to get in trouble."
His parents, Irwin and Jacqueline Garcia are outraged.
"I send my child to school, " she said. "We teach him to respect others, not to put his hands on other people."
They're outraged that they were not notified immediately by Baldwin Middle- Senior High nor the Duval County School District.
"I am not satisfied with the way it was handled,' said Irwin Garcia.
What infuriates them the most is that they learned from their son's cousin, who also attends the school, after another student posted a video of the attack on Snapchat.
"Nobody called us," she said. "We went to the school."
In the wake of what happened and how it was handled they're questioning their child's safety at Baldwin Middle Senior High going forward.
"There was no control in that classroom," she said. "No teacher intervened."
The sixth grader wears glasses and was treated for head injury. The incident happened last Friday but he is not ready to return to school.
"I don't want to go back because of what happened," he said.
His behavior is not unusual when you are the victim of bullying. According to the National Bullying Center, these are some of the statistics.
- 1 out of four kids are bullied
- Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical and mental health issue.
- Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied
"I was not notified and they just stared at me like I was a crazy person," said Garcia. "I was a mother ,hurt."
Why did the school not notified his parents immediately when it happened? What is the protocol?
They would like to know because this has impacted their child going forward.
"He has spent two nights without sleep," she said. "I just want somebody to respond. Why did they not call me?"
On Your Side contacted the school board for answers. A spokesperson said the proper protocols were followed, and provided the statement below.
"The leadership at Baldwin Middle-High and Duval County Public Schools take these matters very seriously. Per district protocol, teachers must report fights immediately to school leadership. The substitute teacher managing the class at Baldwin followed protocol and immediately notified the Middle School Dean after the aggressor was detained. The Dean conducted a thorough investigation, and met with all parents involved to discuss discipline and safety. The student involved in the altercation was disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct. Moving forward, the students involved in the event have been separated into different classrooms. There is no history of complaints.
We often remind our parents that their students can make a difference in keeping schools safe, and this was true at Baldwin. Several student by-standers stepped forward to assist the teacher, report the incident, and serve as cooperative witnesses during the investigation. They also alerted the leadership about a video of the fight that was on social media. They are to be commended for stepping forward to do the right thing and ensure the safety of everyone at the school. "