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Parents say boy attacked their daughter at school

Kassi Nelson
November 21, 2017 06:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The parents of a high school student feel angry and upset after they say a classmate brutally attacked their daughter and that boy may be allowed back to school.

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Their daughter, Virginia Phillips is a junior at Rio Rancho High School. Parents Weldon and Maria Phillips said she is healing physically but is suffering from emotional trauma from the attack.

The parents also said classmates had to pull the alleged attacker off their daughter, and they don't want to know what could have happened if others hadn’t stepped in.

According to the girl’s parents, a boy threw a book at Virginia's face last Wednesday and then hit her in the back with a chair before forcing her to the ground.  They said It was passing period and the teacher had stepped into the hallway.

“When he got done beating her up, they pulled him off and he was just smiling at her with an evil smile-smirk on his face, smirking like ‘I kicked your butt,'" Weldon said.

"So that's what's haunting her now was the fact that after he finished he turned around and just kept smiling at her," added Maria.

They said a trip to the hospital confirmed nothing was broken. But as the bruises heal, the panic attacks and nightmares are just beginning.

But the worst thought for Virginia is this: is the boy could be back at school. Her parents say he was only given a 10-day suspension.

“If the school doesn't do anything about it, he's back on campus with her. What else is he going to do to her? what is he going to do to somebody else? Somebody else's daughter is going to be his victim," Weldon said.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools district said it cannot comment on cases involving students, but police were called out to an incident at the school last week and that appropriate action has been taken. The Phillips family has plans to press charges and file a restraining order.

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