Teens face suspension after assaulting hearing-impaired student

Posted at 5:15 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 05:15:53-05

ATLANTA (WSB/CNN) – An Atlanta mother says a group of high school students who attacked her hearing-impaired daughter could be suspended from the school for one year or one semester.

Mother Kimberly Flournoy says her 18-year-old daughter Jacqueline was recently cold-clocked out of the blue on campus at Maynard Jackson High School.

“He just turned around and slapped me. I was like, ‘OK, what just happened?’” Jacqueline Flournoy said.

Right before that, another student pulled the 18-year-old’s hair.

A third student recorded the attack, which happened Nov. 30, egging the other two students on.

"I think it was hate. They were just being spiteful and mean. They wanted to make a video about it and go viral,” Jacqueline Flournoy said.

Jacqueline Flournoy says the two brothers and a female student made vulgar comments about her relationship and her speech.

The 18-year-old, who is black, has a white boyfriend. She is also hearing-impaired.

Jacqueline’s mother posted the video on social media to raise awareness about bullying and to make sure the students are punished to the fullest extent.

The attackers were initially suspended for one day and forced to apologize.

"I want them expelled from school,” Kimberly Flournoy said.

The two brothers will face a tribunal Wednesday where they could be removed from the school for one year or one semester, according to the mother.

The girl who recorded the video could face cyber-bullying discipline, Kimberly Flournoy says.

Jacqueline Flournoy wants to turn the incident into something positive. She and her mother have created an anti-bullying campaign.

"It shouldn't be happening. If it is happening, you should speak up to somebody,” Jacqueline Flournoy said.

The 18-year-old says people have to learn to treat others with respect.

Kimberly Flournoy also has a message for the parents of kids who bully.

"Parents, [you] need to talk to your children. I mean, it's bad enough that adults treat each other like this, but for kids to do it, they're learning it from someone,” she said.

Atlanta Public Schools has not yet released a comment about the video.

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