An unidentified parent was caught on a surveillance video (below) sucker punching a 7-year-old boy inside the KIPP DC Spring Academy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 19.
Lena McLean asked for the school video after her son, John McLean, told her that a schoolmate’s parent had hit him.
Lena told WTTG that John has asthma: "You can see in the video, him just going like this, gasping for air. And all the principal did was say, 'Get up.' You all didn't think to call the ambulance?"
Instead of calling for an ambulance, the school called Lena, which the school said was protocol.
"I was in the hallway, the day was on Wednesday, and then somebody punched me in my stomach," John told WJLA.
As John slumped down on the floor, the parent casually exited the building; the video doesn't show the parent's face.
"Real bad, it made my stomach real painful," John recalled.
"You watched my son on that ground and you didn’t do nothing," Lena added. "And all you could say to me is you was playing."
According to Lena, she had some positive experiences in the past with the parent who hit her son.
"You don’t bully a child, and you don’t torment a child," Lena added. "I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to your child. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids. I'll feel much better when he is locked up."
The police are investigating the incident; there have not been any arrests yet.
On Oct. 21, the school sent a letter to parents (the same day as the WJLA report), which Lena believes was too late: "You all should have had the letter out the day that it happened. A lot more should just have just been handled differently."
The school's letter states:
On Wednesday, an isolated incident occurred on campus between a student and a family acquaintance who was also a Spring Academy parent. KIPP DC emergency protocol includes contacting the police, confirming a students' (sic) health and safety with the school nurse, and immediately notifying students' families. We would like to commend KIPP DC staff members for following all emergency protocol and quickly addressing this isolated incident.
The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff remains our number one priority and we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that students and staff are safe at school.
As this is an open police investigation, and in an effort to protect the privacy of the individuals involved, we are unable to provide additional details at this time ... Again, our priority is to make sure all of our students are safe and learning at our wonderful schools. Thank you for your continued support.