A shocking report linked the brutal beating of a 14-year-old female student at a California middle school with the defunding of police.
The KCAL-TV report featured an interview with the mother of the victim from Sun Valley Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
“It’s very heartbreaking, and it makes me upset every time I watch it,” said the unnamed mother to KCAL.
The video was posted to social media and shows two female students beating and kicking the victim numerous times. A teacher at first tried to separate them but eventually he gave up and watched on as the beating continued.
The report said she received as many as 35 blows.
“I’m at a loss of words, this is disgusting,” said the mother.
KCAL reporter Ross Palombo confronted the teacher, Evan Diamond, but he did not want to speak to them about the incident. When asked if he had seen the video that was posted all over social media, he said he didn’t want to see it.
“I don’t want to see it, it was a terrible experience,” said Diamond.
The victim’s mother told KCAL that the teacher had spoken to her and admitted that he didn’t know what to do when the girls became violent.
“He said ‘I tried to do what I could, I cannot touch the students, and I would like more training on how to restrain a child, or what can I do in this situation?'” the mother said.
The report went on to document how the police force had been defunded over the last two years.
… from 2020 to 2022, the L.A. Unified School Board defunded its police force, dramatically cutting its budget from $73 million ($72,533,821) down to $59 million ($59,149,486) — nearly 20 percent (18.45%). The number of sworn officers was also cut by 33 percent. The entire police department was cut from 468 to 321 employees.
The family of the victim said that they intended to sue the district over staff negligence that allegedly led to their daughter being harmed.
Here’s the video report from KCAL-TV: