The East Baton Rouge School System is no stranger to controversy.
This time, 12 students are being expelled from Scotlandville Magnet High School after they were involved in a major fight on campus which was filmed and then posted to social media. According to reports, six people have been arrested for their involvement, with three of them being adults who were cited as disturbing the peace.
WBRZ reports that “Valencia Pope, 46, was charged with felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor after investigators said she was seen in the video throwing punches.”
However, the fight could have been avoided altogether had administrators at the EBR High School simply listened to one parent.
Elyce Watson, the mother of Karese Watson who said she had to defend herself in the fight, showed up to Scotlandville the same school day that the fight occurred. Watson said she told school administrators that she was afraid something was going to happen because of prior incidents. Watson, though, said she was ignored.
“They treated me like I was nobody,” Watson said. “I was just coming there to disrupt the school, and I was acting calmly.”
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System confirmed that a meeting did take place with a concerned parent, but administrators did not write a report. It wasn’t until after the incident when a report was generated.
“They could have taken a report after the first incident,” Watson said. “They could have resolved the problem seeing where it happened, make sure that everything would have been resolved.”
Watson said she is still demanding answers as to why she was ignored when she informed school administrators beforehand about the incident.
The EBR Communications Department was unavailable for comment in time for this report.