LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The mother of a student at Mills High School says a school security guard punched her son in the stomach for no apparent reason Wednesday, May 9.
Suzzette Tyler says for their safety, she placed her son and daughter on their school's protection list which requires a security guard to escort them to and from the restroom and other areas of the school when they are alone. But last Wednesday, Tyler says the security guard tasked with protecting students assaulted her son.
"I can see a student on student fight or something but the fact that he actually punched him in the stomach, the security guard, hired by the school was kind of outrageous for me," said Tyler.
Her son, Nickolas Terry is a 10th grader at Mills High School.
"We've had other problems but this one went too far. The other ones I just let go," said Terry.
After asking his teacher if he could use the restroom, a security guard came to his classroom to escort him there.
"I pushed the door open and I saw his hand and it hit me in my stomach. From there, I was falling to the ground," said Terry who reported the incident to his principal who then called his mother.
"I did my own little investigation to make sure my son didn't provoke him but from what I got from the eye witness statements, I got from the principal's office, and also talking to one of the teachers, she said he did nothing," said Tyler.
When asked about the incident, the Pulaski County Special School District had a different version of events. They released this statement saying quote:
"PCSSD is no longer using the services of a temporary security guard who was assigned to Mills High School after an investigation of allegations that he reached around a classroom door to swipe at a student who would not allow him into the room. Student safety is a priority at Mills and at all schools in our district and we take every allegation seriously."
Tyler says she will continue to pursue legal action, wanting justice for her son and protection for others.
"Some kind of psychological examination, a better background check, something needs to be done because the administration apparently is not doing what they need to do to make sure our children are protected," says Tyler.
Tyler says she has removed both of her children from Mills High School due to threats from fellow students she says they have endured since the incident. She also plans to file a restraining order against the security guard.
Police were called to the school and made a report of the incident but so far, no charges have been filed. We did reach out to the security guard allegedly involved. He said he had no comment.