Leander ISD investigating middle school assault


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 11:00 PM

CEDAR PARK, TX -- Leander ISD school officials are looking into reports that athletes are daring each other to punch students in the hallways.

A Running Brushy Middle School father told KVUE his daughter is not the only victim.

“She's like any young lady. She's sensitive and she's a little taken aback by why this happened," he said.

This Leander ISD parent asked us not to use his last name or show his daughter’s face, after he said she was punched at Running Brushy Middle School.

“She was walking between her 7th and 8th period class, and it was a game day, so the boys were wearing their football jerseys. One of the boys on the football team came up to her and hit her on the face and said, 'Sorry. It's a dare,' and ran off," he said.

This father said his daughter, who is in the 8th grade, was so surprised she couldn't remember anything about the young man except for his jersey.

“She couldn't get much of a description because it happened so quickly," he said.

Gary said he called the school over this alleged dare.

“My daughter told us last night that there were other people that had similar things happen to them," he said. "Same type of response from the person that did it was, 'It was a dare.'"

The father said someone from the school district called him Friday saying other students have come forward describing similar incidents -- done on a dare.

“I want it to stop. I want to find out who did this to our daughter," he said.

A media spokesperson for Leander ISD sent KVUE this statement:

"The campus is currently investigating the reported incident and will take appropriate discipline action and will also review any additional reports."

The father who spoke to KVUE said so far no one has admitted to punching his daughter and he just wants to know why.

“Whether it's one person, it's more than one, or it's a group, it doesn't matter," he said. "The incident happened and we should do everything we can to get to the bottom of exactly why it happened and who did it."

The Leander ISD spokesperson also said that they are pulling kids out of class and questioning them as part of the investigation.

As for disciplinary actions, the rep says, the school district cannot legally comment.