Nashville mom removes child from Metro School after three reported assaults, concussion
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Nashville mother says she had to remove her 12-year-old from school after three reported assaults, the last one leaving her child with a concussion.
Stacey Pearce says she is now weighing her options on how to continue her daughter's education following the three reported assaults that took place at Two Rivers Middle School in Donelson.
According to Pearce, the issues started over two weeks ago when she says a male student threatened her daughter and another girl with sexual assault and touched her daughter in an inappropriate manner. Pearce says despite her daughter complaining to administration, she was forced to continue in the same class as the boy.
On Friday, Pearce says her daughter was walking in between the aisle at class with her backpack on when her backpack inadvertently knocked a student's pop tart from his hand. Pearce says the student slapped her daughter across the face. Once seated, Pearce said the boy walked to her daughter and flipped her and the desk over, causing her to hit her head.
Pearce says she was never notified of the incident and learned of it after her daughter complained of a headache with a knot on her head. Pearce was told by her daughter that the teacher issued a verbal reprimand to the boy and that was the end of the situation.
Pearce says after the incident, she called police to file a report and filed one about the previous week's threat of sexual assault.
"It's hard making a decision to file a report and possibly incarcerate a kid, but this is my daughter's health and safety," Pearce says.
Then on Tuesday, Pearce says her daughter was shoved by another female student.
"I think she had finally had enough so she shoved her back," Pearce says. However, Pearce says the girl started hitting her daughter and beat her in response.
Pearce says she was called about two hours after the assault and was shown the video. The incident prompted a response from the principal, who told her the school was taking action against the student. But after the meeting, Pearce says her daughter started complaining about head pain and dizziness.
Pearce took her daughter to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a concussion. Pearce says doctors believe her daughter likely suffered the concussion when her desk was flipped over and it was made worse following Tuesday's assault. Again, Pearce filed a police report.
Pearce says doctors put her daughter on 'brain rest' and in the meantime, she has pulled her daughter from the school and is looking for options when it comes to continuing her education.
"As a single mother with two kids on a fixed budget, I'm just gonna have to do what I have to do to keep her safe," Pearce says.
FOX 17 News reached out to Metro Public Schools for statement on the allegations made by Pearce. Spokeswoman Dawn Rutledge says the school district is aware of the latest allegation of assault and was told that the principal had sat down with Pearce and explained the appropriate disciplinary response would be taken.
What the “disciplinary response” was cannot be shared since Metro Schools does not speak on disciplinary actions. Rutledge referred FOX 17 News to the school handbook which classifies assault of a student as a "Type 4 Behavior" which is expellable if assault or injuries are severe.
Rutledge added each case is different depending on the student's history and if it is a student's first time in trouble. If it's the first time, the principal might choose to take a lighter punishment. Rutledge added the appropriate actions have been taken following investigations into two of the allegations made by Pearce, though MNPS is unable to specify what actions due to protocol and laws.
Pearce says the approach is frustrating and claims any time she has tried to advocate for her daughter, she says she was told administrators give children multiple chances before issuing suspensions because administrators are concerned about their student's futures and there is a paradigm that shows suspension can lead to jail.
Pearce questions the logic.
"At some point we have to protect our kids from those that have behavioral issues," Pearce says. "All those students are learning this is an acceptable way to behave."
Pearce says her child is technically still enrolled while on 'brain rest' though she has turned in all the school's belongings and does not plan to have the child return.