Elementary School To Install School Playground Surveillance Cameras After 5-Year-Old Allegedly Beaten

| by Lisa Fogarty

A school district in Pascagoula, Mississippi, has announced plans to install cameras at playgrounds after a 5-year-old girl was reportedly attacked by another child while on the slide, reports the Sun Herald. After an investigation by police, it was determined that the little girl had hurt herself and that no other child was responsible for her injuries.

AvaLynn Harris came home from Arlington Elementary school on Aug. 26 with a swollen and bruised face, according to her mother, Lacey Harris. The mom told police she believed another student in her daughter’s kindergarten class had “kicked” her “repeatedly in the face until she fell off the slide.”

She then created a Facebook group called “Justice for AvaLynn” and publicly claimed that no teachers were present on the playground at the time of the incident and that no one could prove whether AvaLynn had been harmed by another child, reports Huffington Post.

Harris also started a page to raise money for AvaLynn’s medical expenses.

Pascagoula School District released the following statement after the incident went public:

“A student was injured while playing on the playground at Arlington Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. School officials responded to the situation. The parent was contacted and the student received medical treatment. No other children were involved in the incident. The Pascagoula School District remains committed to the safety of all its students.”

In response to this incident, district spokeswoman Debbie Anglin said in a statement that surveillance cameras would be installed at 10 of its elementary schools.

“By taking this proactive measure, we want to provide parents with another safeguard in place while their children are at recess,” Anglin wrote. “The cameras should help provide the District with a visual record of incidents that occur on school playgrounds.”

Anglin added that the district would continue to use cameras on school buses and in school buildings.

Sources: Sun Herald, Huffington Post

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