An 11-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital by her mother after she was reportedly attacked by another student from her school on the Northside last Thursday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Photos provided by the victim's mother show cuts, bruises and welts on the child's back as well as bruises on the child's ankles.
The victim's mother, Faith Austin, said the alleged battery happened on campus at San Mateo Elementary, but Duval County Public Schools said the incident did not happen at school.
"It was on campus by the bike rack, on the playground where the little kids go," said the 11 year old girl. "She just starting beating me down, kicking me, cussing me out."
JSO said they were notified about the alleged battery after the girl's mother brought her to UF Health North due to the bruises she reportedly sustained from the incident.
Austin told police that her daughter was walking up to the bike rack on campus after school. She said her daughter was pushed down by the other student, then punched and kicked by her, leaving bruises on her upper and lower back, as well as both of her sides, according to police reports.
When asked why she was beaten up, Austin told police that her daughter admitted to throwing paint on the other girl earlier that day, which angered the student. Her daughter explained that the school was having an event where they were supposed to throw paint at each other, according to JSO. The mother added that her daughter admitted she threw paint at the other student after the event.
JSO said they got a call from the other student's father who complained about the paint thrown on his daughter. However, when JSO tried to follow up, they found that the address he listed didn't exist. They also left him messages to call them back, but haven't heard back, JSO reports.
“I come home and I have dreams about what’s going to happen the next day," said Austin's daughter, who said the bullying has been going on for months.
Austin told police that her daughter and the other student have had numerous incidents between each other that she brought it to the attention of the school's principal. She said that her daughter was told to keep her hands off the other student, but she believed her daughter was being bullied by the other student.
"People talk abut suicide a lot, and it's getting younger and younger and they call it the silent killer for a reason," said Austin.
Austin said she would be getting her daughter a counselor.
Austin told First Coast News the school had separated the girls by changing their classes and administrators are staggering their dismissal times so they don't walk home at the same time.