Attack at local school caught on video


A Rock Island High School parent is demanding answers after her daughter was brutally attacked during school in October.  

Joni Abbott says her 16-year-old daughter was attacked by another girl at the school.

She’s disappointed by the administration’s response.

Abbott kept her daughter away from the school ever since.

She says her daughter suffered serious injuries that include torn ligaments in her neck while now also dealing with extreme anxiety that the girl who attacked her daughter was suspended for two days.

She says that’s not enough.

Abbott says she has been going back and forth with the Rock Island school district’s administration for months.

She says the school is not upholding their zero-tolerance bullying policy.

Video of the attack surfaced on social media. 

Abbott is now forced to spend thousands of dollars to send her daughters to school out of district.

She says the girl who attacked her daughter should have recieved a harsher punishment and says the students who filmed the situation received no disciplinary action at all. 

Tonight she says she’s speaking up for not just her daughter, but other families who have faced similar situations.

“It was horrifying,” Abbot said. “I mean you think it can’t happen to your kid, you know, you hope it doesn’t ever happen to your child. You know that bullying is an issue that happens in schools. You know that attacks happen and fights happen, but you always hope that you taught your kid enough or it just never happens to them, and so when it’s your kid, it became a whole different ballgame and my world stopped.”

Local 4 News reached out to the Rock Island schools administration, but they say they say due to privacy policies, they cannot comment on the matter at this time.

We will have more on Abbott’s story coming up on Local 4 News at 10.

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