Alexandra Benavides, a 15-year-old Chapel Hill High School freshman, said she was approached by a group of girls at school and attacked by one of the girls.
A video of the incident shows the girl shouting at Benavides before beginning to hit her and pull her hair after she tries to walk away. Photos from the day of the incident show Benavides’ bloodied knee from being pushed to the ground.
For Benavides’ parents, the disturbing part of the incident has not so much been the altercation itself but the school’s lack of response, said Sara Salgado, Benavides’ mother.
“It’s very sad to hear this happened to my daughter,” she said. “I also don’t want anyone else to have this same situation, because it’s hard. We send our kids to school and think they’re safe and nothing’s going to happen.”
The Reverend Robert Campbell, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, said students who are minorities are less likely to be treated as victims in incidents of violence and that the school should have investigated this incident further.
“Why don’t we have resource officers in the school? Why don’t we have security in the school?” he said.
“There’s too much violence going on in the schools that’s going unchecked.”
After seeing her daughter come home with bruises and a bloodied lip, Salgado said she kept her home from school the next day and went to report the incident to Chapel Hill police as well as to school administrators but was told that her daughter was suspended.