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Mom: School officials failed to tell her of daughter's attack

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother says the police were never called after her child was beaten at school by two other students last Friday.

Angela Baker says her daughter, Nairobi was attacked on campus Friday. An emergency room report indicates the White Station High School senior has a minor head injury consistent with assault. Cell phone photos show bruises on her feet, and scrapes on her feet, knees and elbows.

Nairobi says the injuries were caused by two girls kicking her in the back.

"It's hard to stand up and sit up straight," she said.

Baker says teachers helped her daughter up, but did not call her. Instead, she learned of the incident from her son.

"My son he borrowed somebody's cell phone and called me," she said.

But White Station Principal David Mansfield says school officials knew Nairobi's brother had called a parent. He also said they met with Nairobi and her father immediately following the incident.

"We made the best judgement call we could based on the information we had," Mansfield said.

The Bakers filed a police report later Friday night. 

"I want this incident brought to light. I want parents to know that their children are not safe when they walk into the schools," said Baker. "It's a crapshoot. It's a gamble."

But Mansfield says the school takes every neccessary precaution.

"Monitor the hallways, the stairwells. We have protocol in place, duty rosters in place in between classes and everything, trying to maintain security and safety," he said. "And I think it's a very safe place."

School officials said the girls involved have been disciplined.

The Bakers say they still like White Station High School, and that Nairobi will return to finish her senior year.


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