APS student claims she was beat up at school

Created: 02/28/2014 10:09 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The mother of an Albuquerque Public Schools student is wondering why her daughter’s school didn’t do more to stop a fight that landed her in the hospital.

Freshman Destine Torres fears returning to Albuquerque High School Monday, after a fight led to blood and tears Friday.

“Bullying, fighting - I know it happens every day but not like this,” her mother Francene Mora said.

Torres says Thursday, four girls threatened to beat her up. She says she told AHS administrators, who called her mom.

“He said there's 127 odd staff members and everybody will be aware. So she can go to anybody and let them know she feels threatened, basically that's what I got out of it,” Mora said.

Her mom says she believed administrators and sent Torres back to school Friday morning, thinking she’d be safe. Torres says when she walked out of her third period class, she got punched in the face and had to be taken to the hospital.

“One of them was waiting for me and then she started hitting and then my nose started bleeding and then my friend called one of the teachers and stopped it,” Torres said.

Torres’ mom says she wishes the school would have called the girls together before the fight and had them talk it out. Instead, she’s left feeling helpless.

“Shock, anger, upset, I'm disappointed in APS and Albuquerque High,” Mora said.

APS says administrators planned to do a sitdown but were trying to talk with the girls individually first. The fight happened before they could finish. The girl accused of throwing the punches has been suspended. Torres says she’ll be back at school Monday and her worried mother says she wants to go with her.

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