Parents outraged over attacks at McKinley High School

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A second 16-year-old McKinley High School student says she was threatened last Friday and was part of a hit list. The student says she gave the principal information on everyone involved before an attack later that day.

"I gave him the list from what I saw in the cafeteria on Friday. I said these are the people threatening me, and my friends who are being threatened. I couldn't believe a fight was going to happen instead of me going to class," the student said.

The threat and subsequent attack on a friend, which was caught on camera and later posted online, outraged parents Nana Williams and Tracy Peoples.

"I do expect the school board to follow the school safety act and provide all children a safe environment," Williams said.

"I'm no longer interested in sending my child to the school she won't be going back," Peoples said.

The two parents met with attorneys and made demands of the district, including: having the principal removed, the students transferred, and a revamping of the district's anti-bullying policies. Attorneys Eric Vickers and Randall Cahill said changes need to be made.

"The school district has shown no urgency about this. They just want to sweep this under the rug," Vickers said.

"There were more than 50 students in the hall at 7 o'clock on Friday. They threatened a parent," Cahill said.

On Tuesday, FOX 2 contacted St.  Louis City Schools about recent developments and there was no further comment. On Monday, officials said the name of the student who was attacked was not given to the principal. They also said the district's security team is investigating and students involved in the fight would be disciplined.  There's also word that a third teen on the hit list was recently threatened. Attorneys said the district has 72 hours to respond or their next stop is a federal or state court.

Demands:

  • Removal of principal of McKinley School
  • Refer for prosecution students involved in attack
  • Transfer of victim of assault and any other students fearing for their safety to a comparable school.
  • Counseling for victim and parent of victim and any other student emotionally impacted by the incident.
  • Revamping of school board policy with respect to handling fights and threats of fights.

Previous Coverage:

Caught on camera: McKinley junior attacked by nearly 20 students

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