The AISD Police are investigating an incident at Bedicheck Middle School. In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, the school's principal referred to an incident that happened in the boy's bathroom. It's called "slap-boxing." The "game" involves using open hands instead of closed fists.
The incident was recorded and the video has surfaced on Instagram. The parents of one of the sixth graders in the video reached out to FOX 7. They say their son was bullied into participating during lunch time.
He described what happened, telling FOX 7, "a group of kids came up to me and asked me did I want to fight with them. I said no because I didn't want to get in trouble. Later they asked me again and they started making fun of me that I didn't answer so I finally agreed to it." He says when it was over he called his mother Christina.
She says she went to the school and one of the administrators called her son a "punk."
Christina and her husband Chris found the video on Instagram. Chris went to the school on Tuesday. "When I go in the next day to talk to the principal and the assistant principal he told me, he deemed it, he viewed the video as horseplay, that a video like that was horseplay and that irritated me."
Christina adds, "I don't think they handled it well at all. I think this is one they tried to sweep under the rug and get it out of the way.
They say they reached out to FOX 7 because they wanted parents at the school to be aware of what's happening there. And they say the school is only taking the incident seriously now, because the media is involved. "To be honest," Chris says, "they messed with the wrong dad. The wrong dad and the wrong mom."
In Wednesday's letter, the principal only refers to Monday's incident. Chris and Christina say there is another, and that it was also posted to Instagram. The couple says they are frustrated that the school isn't telling the whole story.
"This has been going on for more than once incident, 6 weeks back that it's been going on," Chris says.
Their son is no longer in school at Bedicheck, because he is afraid he will be bullied again, "I don't like getting beat up," he says.
Chris and Christina are looking to enroll him in another school in the coming days. They say that although AISD Police are investigating the incident, they have not been contacted.
FOX 7 reached out to AISD Police, but they did not return our request for a comment.
Below is the full letter sent to parents about Monday's incident:
Dec. 16, 2015
Dear Bedichek Middle School Community,
The safety of all Bedichek Middle School students is our top priority. With this in mind, I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred earlier this week.
On Monday, a student presented a video to a school administrator that depicted students participating in a type of altercation called "slap-boxing" in the boys restroom. At least one student recorded the incident and posted the video to social media.
We immediately contacted Austin ISD police, who launched an investigation and determined that students had planned the altercation, sneaking out of the cafeteria during lunch to slap-box.No students were seriously injured. Bedichek Middle School does not condone this behavior and takes the safety of each student very seriously.
To prevent future incidents, new restroom passes were created for student use at lunch, and school staff members who already supervise in the cafeteria will periodically
As always, we appreciate your support of our students and staff at Bedichek Middle School. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 512-414-5180 if you have any
Bedichek Middle School