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Girl, 7, beaten unconscious by classmates at Md. elementary school

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A 7-year-old girl at Thomas Claggett Elementary School in District Heights, Md., was beaten unconscious by at least four classmates Tuesday morning.

It happened during recess in the school’s gymnasium.

The little girl’s parents say their daughter was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital in D.C. She was diagnosed with a mild concussion.


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Her mother, Phersephone Holland, says she can't believe it happened at school.

"That's my baby. I bring her to school and that's the least thing I expect is a phone call informing me that my daughter is unconscious,” she says.

Holland says she is wondering where all the adults were during the attack. So is the victim's father, Rodney Smyers. He says this isn't the first time his daughter has been bullied and hit at school.

"One incident, she came home, she had a split in her lip," he says.

"It's an ongoing problem,” he adds.

Smyers says he has spoken to officials about it and thought something was being done.

FOX 5 has learned during the attack on Tuesday, there were about 75 kids crammed into the gymnasium and only about five teachers supervising. None of the teachers apparently saw the incident.

Smyers and Holland are concerned about what not only seems to be a lack of supervision, but the fact that school officials haven't disciplined the boys involved or informed other parents of what happened.

"Notice needs to be sent out because next time it could be a little pocket knife or a gun to school,” says Holland.

She says her daughter will likely not be coming back to Claggett Elementary School. She says both she and Smyers believe their daughter’s life at the school is in danger.

"It's serious,” she says. “A child was unconscious today. It could have been worse than that. She could have died."

Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson Max Pugh says they are investigating and that a letter about the incident will be sent home to parents on Wednesday.

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