'My daughter could have died': Thurston Co. middle school student attacked in video

A Thurston County father says a video circulating on social media shows his daughter being attacked as she walked through Bush Middle School in Tumwater on April 29th.

Robert Orr says he pulled his 14-year-old daughter Jaymee out of Bush Middle School after the incident and has no intention of sending her back until more is done to protect her.

Orr says a student provided the 30-second clip for him which shows Jaymee getting followed, and laughed at, until another girl pulls Jaymee's hair and repeatedly beats her head and neck.

"I took her to the emergency room, and they said she had symptoms of a mild concussion," said Orr. "[Jaymee] still has problems bending her neck."

Orr says his daughter now suffers from severe PTSD and, with only weeks left to the end of the school year, he says he doesn't feel safe sending her back to Bush Middle School.

"My daughter is at a point now where she could fail a grade if they don't hurry up and do something," said Orr.

While Orr says the student shown attacking his daughter has been suspended, he believes other students in the video should face consequences too.

"Even the ones holding the camera that were involved, that knew what they were going to be recording, should be held accountable for it as well," said Orr.

Orr says he has filed a police report, has been in touch with the Tumwater School District, and a School Resource Officer was sent to his home to interview his daughter.

"I don't think no child, no person deserves to be beaten like that," said Orr.

In a statement to FOX 13, the district said: 

"... the district did investigate on the date the incident took place and discipline was given to certain parties involved according to district policies and procedures as well as State law. We want to make sure the victim has opportunities to continue her courses and continue to work with her family to plan for her educational needs. We are unable to provide further student-specific information due to the Family Rights and Educational Privacy Act (FERPA). The safety of all of our students and staff is our top priority and we persistently review our practices and policies to ensure that all feel safe in our schools."

Editor's note: A previous version of this story was published without comment from the Tumwater School District. The article has been updated.


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