An alleged beating at Bowie High School was posted to Facebook last week and it still has the parents of the alleged victim asking questions.

Two students have now been charged in the incident, but Iqbal Alami, father of alleged victim Stefon Persaud, is still upset over the incident. “This is terrible. How can a person do something like that?” Alami asked. “A normal person doesn’t do things like this. You have to be really cruel to do something like that. To make fun of it and to make a joke out of it is just terrible.”

What may be the most interesting aspect of the case is how Alami came to find the video on the Internet. His younger son did a Google search on one of the alleged attackers in the case. That student’s Facebook page came up and the younger Alami’s friend asked to be added to the alleged attacker’s friends list. The student accepted the request, and in a later chat, stated he would post the video.

That student and another, whose names are being withheld for privacy issues, have been charged with second-degree assault, theft under $500, disrupting school activities and child in need of supervision, according to Sgt. Yakeisha Hines of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department. The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department because it is responsible for security at county high schools.

According to Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman Darrell Pressley, both students could face possible expulsion if convicted.

Alami, who made it clear that he doesn’t want his son to return to Bowie High next year, is also frustrated with what he says is a lack of communication between law enforcement, school officials and himself.

“The school board has not contacted us. The police have not contacted us,” Alami said. “We got a call this morning from a doctor at the school who wanted to talk to Stefon. I think he was a psychiatrist or something like that. We have not given him a call yet to see exactly what he wants.

“All the news we’ve been getting has been whatever we’ve read in the paper or whatever the news media has been reporting,” he said. “I filled out a report at the school and all I have now is a police report.”

As for the trauma his son has experienced, Alami says Persaud is still trying to come to grips with why anyone would do this to him. “Mentally very disruptive because he wonder’s why him,” Alami said. “He just can’t understand why. That’s the question he’s asking right now.”

This is the second high profile case of school violence in recent months in the county’s public school system. Earlier this year at Oxon Hill Middle School there were two different cases of a teacher’s aide attacking special needs students.

 

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO