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Parents upset after they say daughter was attacked at Hazelwood West High School

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The parents of one of the girls in this video received the same punishment as the person who attacked her. Credit: KMOV The parents of one of the girls in this video received the same punishment as the person who attacked her. Credit: KMOV
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Parents of a Hazelwood West ninth-grader said they are upset with the school district after their daughter was suspended after a fight on Monday.

The parents believe she was defending herself and said they have a video that shows she was attacked.

“It clearly shows she was trying to walk away, she was walking away, but then she got sucker punched off guard for no reason,” said the girl's father, Maurice Spight.

The girl’s mother, Jarhonda Spight, is furious that she was notified about the fight via email.

“I was notified through an email, which I think it was an emergency situation, it should have been a phone call right away,” she said.

The parents said they asked to see the school’s video of the incident, but were told the video shows other students so they could not see it. The video they have is from a cellphone shot by another student, according to the Sprights.

“To get hit in the face for something like that is ridiculous and I want an apology and her to go back to school,” said Jarhonda Spight.

The Hazelwood School District’s released the following statement to KMOV:

“We are aware of the fight that took place at Hazelwood West High School. The video is quite disturbing. This behavior is not consistent with the behavior that we expect from our students. The District does not condone violence of any kind or students who instigate, record and share violent videos. We work with our students on conflict resolution to prevent fights from occurring. In the situation when a fight does occur, consequences, as well as restorative practices, are put in place to get students the help they need so they won’t fight again. Please know that we take all student behavior incidents seriously and look at each one individually to determine the appropriate actions--restorative and corrective. Students who are suspended for an extended period will be sent to our Opportunity Center so they may receive more individualized learning and additional supports for their behaviors.”

The parents said they plan to meet with police Tuesday morning to file a report about the incident.

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