A black mother from Florida is upset today after a video surfaced of three white boys attacking her son in the locker room.
Lauren Springfield said her son was attacked in a “violent, malicious manner” at R.W Blake Academy in Lakewood.
“As one student repeatedly hit him over and over again, others not only held my son down so that the student could hit him but encouraged the attack,” Springfield said on Facebook. “I am enraged.”
School officials and police have confirmed that students shown leading the attack face a simple battery charge and at least a 10-day suspension while the others involved will get a lighter disciplinary action.
Lakeland, which is located about 55 miles southwest of Orlando, has a population that is about 74 percent white and 20 percent Black.
“I can guarantee you had this been a group of black students on a lone white student we would be having a completely different conversation,” Springfield said in her post. “I am disheartened, I am tired, scared for my son and completely enraged.”
The mother said when she asked school administrators what would happen to the other children involved, they responded, “We can’t tell you!”
Springfield said she doesn’t need to know the names of the children but as a parent is “entitled to know how the school system plans to protect our child” and the nature of the attack.
“This could have ended much differently,” she said. “Our child has one kidney and after getting kneed several times this could have resulted in permanent damage.”
Springfield said she tried to get a restraining order in the incident, but Polk County Judge Kelly Butz rejected the request “because the attack did not happen multiple times.”
“It only takes one hit for a child to die,” Springfield said. “How many more times would you like this to happen to our child or any other child?”