Northport K-8 students arrested: Six seventh graders accused of beating up classmate
Police say they have surveillance video
3:30 PM, Apr 11, 2013
9:09 AM, Apr 12, 2013
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has arrested six students from Northport K-8 School in Port St. Lucie. According to police reports, the students attacked a 7th grader by punching and kicking him.
Police say they have surveillance video, but they are not releasing it because the investigation is still ongoing.
The victim's attorney, Dena Foman with McLaughlin and Stern, released a statement Thursday saying: "The student was attacked and beaten at the prompting of the one person who should be protecting him the most: his teacher."
Police reports do not mention the teacher.
The St. Lucie County School District says the teacher has been taken out of the classroom and is working in a capacity away from students while the investigation continues.
According to Foman: "After a verbal exchange between the Port St. Lucie teen and his teacher, the teacher instructed six of his fellow classmates to go 'teach him a lesson.' The six students got the 13-year-old out of the classroom and beat him repeatedly. They then dragged him to the teacher in question to force an apology."
Parents outside the school picking up their children on Thursday said the teacher is well respected and has been an educator for a long time.
"I think this is insane. My kids have been here since 1st grade. The administration is great. I can't imagine this being possible," parent Annette Strothers said.
Most parents who spoke couldn't believe the allegations.
"I think people need to hear the whole story and I think the administration will handle it," Margaret Martins said.
No one was home at the teacher's apartment Thursday.
The victim's lawyers say they will hold a press conference to discuss the incident in greater detail.