A high school sophomore at Monarch High School in Broward County, Florida was arrested late last week after a video of her allegedly beating a fellow classmate went viral.
The incident, which happened on November 9, “shows two girls exchanging words before one of them repeatedly punches the other, pulls her hair and slams her head down on a classroom desk as dozens of students watch,” WPLG Local 10 News reported.
The 15-year-old suspect was reportedly issued a civil citation and was not criminally charged because Broward County adopted the PROMISE program, which is an Obama-era program that seeks to significantly lower punishments for crimes committed by students.
The suspect was arrested nearly a full week later on November 15, after Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter in the tragic Parkland shooting earlier this year, shared the video on social media and turned it over to Coconut Creek Police and not the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The videos of the fight both contain strong language:
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The suspect “says that her rage did not come out of nowhere,” 7News Boston WHDH reported. “She says that the girl she attacked has been repeatedly bullying her since middle school,” adding that she claims that a group of students “have been calling her names and threatening to jump her.”
The student has been withdrawn from the school and now faces a misdemeanor battery charge over the incident.
WSVN 7 News notes that the student was not charged with a felony because, according to Coconut Creek Police, “there was no bodily harm committed.”
The PROMISE program came under intense scrutiny in the days following the Parkland shooting after the public learned that the program allowed “thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence,” Real Clear Investigations reported.
“[The Parkland shooter]had a clean record, so alarm bells didn’t go off when they looked him up in the system,” veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RCI. “He probably wouldn’t have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement.”