Teen Suspended After Fight, Mother Protests School
Christina Payment protests this morning outside of the West Valley Freshman High School.
Payment is outraged after her daughter Molly was allegedly attacked on campus yesterday.
"She kind of ran up behind me, and grabbed me by the back of my hair and started punching me," said Molly.
Molly says she was on her way to lunch when another girl attacked her, both of the students scuffled, surrounded by other students recording the fight on their phones.
After the fight ended, Molly says she reported the incident to administrators, only to find out the next she was suspended for her last day of school.
Today, her mother is protesting the schools decision, asking for justice against her daughter's alleged attacker -- she believes her daughter was merely a victim and reacted in self defense.
"They post their little signs; we don't tolerate bullying, this and that, but they absolutely don't do anything about it," said Payment, "They do nothing except for suspend kids."
We spoke to administrators about the incident, they say despite who the aggressor was, or the victim, the incident is being treated as a fight, and both students received equal puninshment.
"The best information we have is both people were involved in one way or another," said Superintendent Mike Brophy, "Inside the last day and a half to two days of school, what you're going to do is send both students home."
Typical punishment for fights is one to three days, according to administrators.
However, Molly believes suspending her on the last day of school is too far.
"That's not fighting, they should do something about that," said Molly, "They shouldn't just let it go about like nothing happened, like it's just a fight. That's not a fight, I got attacked. If I get punished for getting attacked, then what does the attacker get, nothing? What happens to her? I don't want her in that school."
Christina Payment says she has filed a complaint with officers against the other female student Molly fought with.
She is a minor - so her name is not being released.
Molly says she was not seriously harmed, but does admit the two have a history of not getting along.