A high school sophomore at Monarch High School in Broward County, Florida was arrested late last week after a video of her allegedly beating a fellow classmate went viral.
The incident, which happened on November 9, “shows two girls exchanging words before one of them repeatedly punches the other, pulls her hair and slams her head down on a classroom desk as dozens of students watch,” WPLG Local 10 News reported.
The 15-year-old suspect has reportedly issued a civil citation and was not criminally charged because Broward County adopted the PROMISE program, which is an Obama-era program that seeks to significantly lower punishments for crimes committed by students.
The suspect was arrested nearly a full week later on November 15, after Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter in the tragic Parkland shooting earlier this year, shared the video on social media and turned it over to Coconut Creek Police and not the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect “says that her rage did not come out of nowhere,” 7News Boston WHDH reported. “She says that the girl she attacked has been repeatedly bullying her since middle school,” adding that she claims that a group of students “have been calling her names and threatening to jump her.”
The student has been withdrawn from the school and now faces a misdemeanor battery charge over the incident.
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The PROMISE program came under intense scrutiny in the days following the Parkland shooting after the public learned that the program allowed “thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence,” Real Clear Investigations reported.
Just a reminder that the PROMISE program is the very same program that allowed the Marjory Douglas school shooter to remain in the school system for as long as he did. Basically, it doesn’t hold violent students accountable for their own action.