Texas mothers are furious, claiming teachers forced their six-year-old children into fights with fellow students in a twisted sort of fight club.
Houston mothers are reportedly suing the insurance company of North Forest Independent School District and the school’s former principal saying they knew teachers forced second graders to beat each other as a form of punishment, KHOU reports.
“He was a good kid. It went from a good kid to an animal. I don’t know how else to describe it,” Corbin, a mother who did not want her first name to be used, told KHOU.
The mothers say their kids need therapy for the lasting emotional and mental scars from the trauma. Yolanda Anderson says her son is now on daily medication.
“Some of the things that he come home to tell me that was taking place,” Anderson told Click2Houston about her son. “I had to take his word for it because it was too graphic, it was too detailed.”
The mothers say their children were second graders during the 2009 school year when several teachers forced students to attack each other and threatened to harm students who told on them.
In one alleged incident, students mobbed a female student and brutally beat, kicked and punched her, prompting the teacher to tell the students they did a “good job.”
State officials closed the district in 2013 but the elementary school joined a Houston school district. The former principal’s attorney has not responded to media inquiries.
A similar case with the school settled last year for $40,000.
A different alleged elementary school fight club was uncovered in New York in 2010.