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Staff watch as a disabled boy is beaten up at school

footage from the fight caught on camera
footage from the fight caught on camera Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

A thug at a Texas school has been caught on camera punching a disabled student whilst staff watched on without intervening.

Footage at Marine Jones Middle School in Aldine shows 11-year-old Sekai, who has learning disabilities, autism and is non-verbal, being bullied by a taller older student who starts beating him against a wall on January 25 as three paraprofessionals stand watching from a distance without breaking up the fight.

When Sekai falls to the floor the older boy, who also has disabilities and unable to be identified in the video, begins kicking him.

Sekai tries to stand, but as he does the bully hits him in the face and throws three more punches knocking the boy back to the ground.

It’s at this point when a teaching assistant eventually steps in by putting her hand out in front of the attacker with her other hand laid casually on her hip.

A second staff member who watched the fight then taps the irate bully on his shoulder in an attempt to calm him down whilst Sekai remains wounded on the floor.

But when Sekai tries to crawl to safety the older guy starts kicking him in the head three more times, again no staff come to the boy’s rescue.

As the bully walks off the staff worker who previously tapped the bully on the shoulder puts their arm around him in a friendly manner whilst Sekai is still lying helpless on the ground.

Sekai’s grandmother and guardian, Veda Cavitt, 61, says the child has the mental ability of a four or five year old and is campaigning for the staff who watched the fight and did nothing to be fired.

A statement from the school said the workers have not lost their jobs and an investigation has been launched.

District officials said: Aldine ISD is aware of an incident that occurred between two SLC (Structured Learning Classroom) students on Jan. 25 at Jones Middle School.

 'An investigation was conducted immediately and appropriate administrative action has been taken regarding the employees. Aldine ISD takes these situations seriously as the safety and security of our students and staff will always be our top priority.’

But Cavitt believes further action should be taken.

She continued: 'Those adults in that video just stood there. They didn't attempt to help my child get up off the ground.

'They did not offer him any assistance. They didn't even check to see if he was injured.'

The grandmother added: 'I was a mad Black woman. Bluntly said, I was angry.

'My heart just fell to the floor. Had I been in that same situation, I as a parent, as a mother, as a human being, could not just stand by and watch a brutal attack.'

Sekai missed two days off school following the attack and is being examined by medics to monitor the extent of his injuries.

Cavitt said: 'I am his voice. I am his voice and I will make sure that whatever his injustices are, they will be heard,' she said. 

'He is lovable. He is so affectionate. He loves giving hugs and ... just passionate, very, very affectionate.' 

Candis Houston, the president of the Aldine ISD Teacher's Union and a candidate for state representative, said in a statement: 'Paraprofessionals get paid very little money, so when they have to make that decision, they probably thought about their livelihood because one wrong step, one wrong move, they could be terminated just like that for no reason,' the union head said.

'Still, not a reason not to intervene.' 

Veda Cavitt took custody of Sekai after his parents died when he was a baby.