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Parents Claim 7-Year-Old Beaten by Classmates; PG Schools Disagree

Parents say their 7-year-old daughter was beaten unconscious by classmates during school; school officials say the injury happened after the girl was hit by a football.

Parents say their 7-year-old daughter was beaten unconscious by classmates during school; officials in the Prince George's County Schools say the injury happened after the girl was hit by a football. Credit: Screen shot of FOX 5
Parents say their 7-year-old daughter was beaten unconscious by classmates during school; officials in the Prince George's County Schools say the injury happened after the girl was hit by a football. Credit: Screen shot of FOX 5

A 7-year-old girl whose parents say she was beaten unconscious by classmates at Thomas Claggett Elementary School began classes this week at a new school in Prince George’s County after school officials said no such attack happened.

The incident took place Jan. 28 during recess in the District Heights school’s gymnasium, reports FOX 5 TV. While the family says the girl was beaten by classmates, school leaders said there was no bullying and a student suffered a head injury after being hit by a football at recess and falling down.

The girl’s parents say she was treated for a mild concussion at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Parents Phersephone Holland and Rodney Smyers are still upset after school officials released a statement Thursday saying their investigation into the incident was finished, the TV station says. The Prince George’s County school system concluded there was no beating or bullying and says investigators found a student was hit by a football during recess.

"That's my baby. I bring her to school and that's the least thing I expect is a phone call informing me that my daughter is unconscious,” Holland told the TV station.

The girl's father, Rodney Smyers says bullying at the school has been an ongoing problem; he claims the child once came home with a cut lip.

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