The family of a 9-year-old Chicago elementary school student is suing the city’s school system after surveillance video shows a security guard pushing the child out of the school.
The family is accusing staff members of manhandling and
According to the lawsuit, the child had been constantly complaining about being bullied by classmates.
The video footage of the incident, which occurred in March, appeared to show a security guard dragging and pushing the fourth-grader out of the building as the school’s counselor and principal watched.
“He went to all of the doors to see if they were open and all of the doors were locked … so he just sat there and he said he cried,” Pinkston told reporters Wednesday.
According to the sut, the school staff called 911 and requested an ambulance, claiming the child had been scratching, biting and kicking. They also reported him missing, but the law firm said they fabricated the entire story.
“CPS officials at Fiske Elementary School lied to police after they shoved and pushed a nine-year-old boy onto the streets of Englewood, one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, with no coat in cold weather during the middle of the school day and claimed he was a ‘missing person who was violent,’” the law firm said in a statement. “About 30 minutes later, police found the boy outside in the cold terrified and crying. The video shows that school officials lied.”
The video shows the boy wearing a short-sleeved shirt and khakis as he is pushed outside by school security into temperatures barely above freezing.
“I feel like everybody in the video that just sat here and just let it happen, nobody stopped it, someone needs to go to jail for it or something,” Pinkston said. “That’s neglect. It’s endangerment. Anything could have happened to my son out there in that neighborhood.”
The lawsuit names the city, the board of education and three school officials as defendants. It claims the child was subjected to a hostile educational environment and alleges battery, excessive force and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Chicago Public School Board said it was deeply disturbed by the claims levied by the family, but it declined to comment on the pending litigation.
“Every CPS student deserves access to a safe and welcoming school environment, and the district takes seriously all allegations of student harm,” a spokesperson said. “These allegations are deeply disturbing, and we are fully committed to holding accountable any adult whose actions could have endangered a student.”