CENTREVILLE, MS. — A less-than-friendly relationship a 15-year-old student had with a 17-year-old student at his school came to a head Monday, April 24.
The 15-year-old accused the older teen of bullying him since the start of the school year, according to the 15-yr-old’s mother, Martina Ward Carter.
On Monday, students at William Winans Middle School in Centreville, Mississippi, recorded a fight between the two students in the cafeteria. The video was also posted on social media.
The video shows the older kid swinging and connecting blows on the younger teen and the 15-year-old is not engaging and looking to get away from the fight.
Carter spoke to Unfiltered with Kiran. She said she works in a part-time capacity at William Winans but was not there at the time of the incident.
“By me working at the school, a lot of the kids know me and they take a liking to me because I love kids,” she said. “When I looked at my phone, I saw where the kids were messaging me, and they were saying a boy jumped on my son and they were telling me you need to come to the school.”
Carter said her son’s grades started dropping because of the alleged bullying. She said in a six-month time-frame, her son had taken $1,200 from her to give to the other student accused of bullying.
She said she shared the information with principal, Dr. Ronnie Knox, that her son was being bullied.
“My son got to the point where he didn’t have any interest in school because he didn’t want to go,” she said. “He didn’t want to be bothered with that boy. He couldn’t focus on his school work like he was supposed to.”
Fast forward to Monday where in addition to finding out her son got into a fight, the mother said some of the kids who saw the incident, accused Principal Knox of harming her son after he broke up the fight.
“What made me know something had to be wrong was they didn’t want me to come to the school,” she said. “They sent him home with campus security. I asked him what happened. My son looked at me with tears in his eyes and he said the boy jumped on me and Dr. Knox choked me.”
Carter’s son told Unfiltered with Kiran Knox told him “You’re not f***ing with no little a** boy, you’re f***ing with a grown a** man,” as Knox was allegedly choking him.
“That’s what he told my 15-year-old child after seeing that my child was not the aggressor,” the mom said. “He was trying to get away. When my son was sitting on the table (in the video), you could see my son trying to get from under him (Knox) and he shook my son.”
The mother said she is worried about her son’s mental state after the way he was handled.
“I can’t let this go undone because that was embarrassing,” the mother said. “It was humiliating. He didn’t have to sling my son around like that. He didn’t have to put his hands on him at all after seeing what he had already endured.”
As of Wednesday morning, Carter said her son was originally given nine days suspension before it was reduced to five. Then she said the school called her after the suspension was reduced and said that her son could go back to school. She said her son doesn’t feel comfortable going back so he did not attend school Wednesday.
Carter said she was told the other kid was at school on Tuesday.
Calls were placed to Wilkinson County School District Superintendent of Education Chavis L. Bradford but have not been returned as of this report. UWK reached out to Dr. Knox at school Wednesday morning but he was not in the office. UWK left a message with an assistant principal and was referred to the superintendent. Knox has not returned the call as of this report.
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