Autistic Nonverbal Student Brutally Attacked in School While Staff Watched
One grandmother in Humble is outraged and wants accountability held after her grandson, an autistic nonverbal 11-year old, was savagely beaten up as school staff just stood by and watched.
VIRAL AND VIOLENT
A now-viral video is circulating showing an altercation between an 11-year-old Seiki and other students. The video shows Seiki leaving a room at school where he began to get punched by another student. Seiki was then pushed to the floor where he was kicked by another student.
After struggling on the floor Seiki crawls towards the wall to get in line; however, he was unable to before he got kicked again. You can see Seiki in the video crawling around and getting attacked below. Sekai is 4 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 85 pounds. He is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal.
STANDING BY DOING NOTHING
When video footage was revealed to the grandmother of Seiki, Veda Cavitt she was furious, "My heart just fell to the floor. Had I been in that same situation, I as a parent, as a mother, as a human being, could not just stand by and watch a brutal attack."
The video confirmed, while Seiki was being attacked staff aides were standing around watching the ordeal without helping. At one point, an aide approached Seiki while another put their arm casually around the attacker's shoulder and let him walk away.
OUTRAGED AT AIDES
Cavitt is not putting the blame and anger towards the students who attacked her grandson, instead, she is outraged at the lack of intervention provided by the aides. She is now demanding they be fired, "Those adults in that video just stood there. They didn't attempt to help my child get up off the ground," Cavitt said. "They did not offer him any assistance. They didn't even check to see if he was injured."
This is one grandmother who is not backing down. Since Seiki is autistic and nonverbal, she has taken on the role to protect him, "I am his voice. I am his voice and I will make sure that whatever his injustices are, they will be heard."
The school district officials stated, An investigation was conducted immediately and appropriate administrative action has been taken regarding the employees.
Another person stepping in to speak on the issue tried to understand the situation from both sides. "Paraprofessionals get paid very little money, so when they have to make that decision, they probably thought about their livelihood because one wrong step, one wrong move, they could be terminated just like that for no reason," said Candis Houston, the president of the Aldine ISD Teacher's Union and a candidate for state representative.
While this may seem like a defense, Houston reassured the victim and his family that although those may be the reasons for a lack of intervention, "It's still, not a reason not to intervene."