Father says, "My daughter is the victim."
by: Hope Ford
A father is upset, after learning his daughter will receive a citation for being the alleged victim of an assault by an older student.
Jonathan Parker said he received a call from Breaux Bridge Elementary on Friday, February 15th. The call came from the teacher of his ten year old daughter, Asia.
"She had been punched in the face. I was shocked. I said, ‘well tell me what happened.'"
His daughter had her head on her desk, and stretched, brushing the student, who was standing over her, according to Jonathon.
"She raised her hands, and brushes the guy in the face," he explained. "The guy balls his fist and hits her in the face. The teacher told me she didn't hit this other student."
The punch left Asia with a black eye and chipped teeth. Officials with the school confirmed there was an incident and the proper disciplinary actions were taken. Due to child privacy laws, they were unable to give much information.
Jonathon said the police were not contacted after the incident happened, so he and his wife called. Police went to the school to take her statement. In the report filed with the police, Asia apparently wrote "hit" instead of "brushed." A statement that would later lead to a citation, after the Parkers went to file an assault charge on Monday.
"They told my wife, because my daughter put in her statement that she 'hit' this other student, it's her fault and she deserves to be arrested."
Police did not comment on the case because juveniles are involved; however, Jonathon says he is confused. He wants to know why the victim is being charged.
"I know the policy. I know that when students are involved in altercations, they both get in trouble, but that isn't what happened. She did not intentionally hit him. This boy intentionally hit my daughter."
According Jonathon, the alleged attacker will also receive a citation and was suspended for three days. Asia was not disciplined by the school. Jonathon went on to explain if Asia is issued a ticket, he will follow up with the district attorney.