Diana Lightner is upset because a security guard slammed her 12-year-old son to the floor at Washington Middle School on Feb. 16.
The incident at was filmed on school surveillance video.
The school staff reportedly took away the 7th grader’s cell phone; it’s not clear why the boy needed a cell phone.
Lightner told KING:
I received a phone call at work. They told me they had taken [her son’s] phone away. That he had been destructive to school property by tearing decorations down.
Lightner’s son was filmed pulling down decorations from a ceiling. Moments later, a security officer walked in, cornered the boy in a doorway, slammed him down and held him on the floor.
When the boy said his back hurt and he couldn’t move his legs, the school called his mother.
Lightner was skeptical:
Honestly, because I know my kid, I was like, “Make him stand up. I’m sure he can stand up.” I’m not one of those over-reactive parents.
Now, Lightner regrets doubting her son.
Paramedics took the boy to an emergency room, where doctors found no serious injuries.
Lightner recalled the reactions of doctors and social workers:
I was talking to social workers, talking to doctors and they were basically all aghast at the amount of force used against a 12-year-old when no more force should have been a bear hug.
Seattle Public Schools refused to comment, because the incident is under investigation.
The security officer said in a statement that he tried to calm the 7th grader down, but the student “refused and became even more angry, pushed against me and turned around and swung at me. After he swung I grabbed him by his jacket and got him to the ground.”
Lightner’s son is in a new school, but she is concerned about other kids:
I don’t want to sue anyone. I don’t want him to lose his job. I just want the kids in Seattle schools to get the resources they need. All of them. Not just the good kids.