Mom says daughter was assaulted by football player at pep rally -- and nothing has been done

ATLANTA — A mother says her daughter was assaulted by a football player during a pep rally -- and the player still hasn’t faced any kind of punishment.

Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was in Sandy Springs Tuesday, where video shows the incident unfolding at Holy Innocents last month.

It happened during an annual tradition for students who are seniors.

In the video, a group of students run to the center of a basketball court where they have a mosh pit. At some point during the mad rush, a female student goes flying, face-planting on the ground.


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Seiden talked to the victim’s mother, Tracy Miguel, who said the video shows a student who has been bullying her daughter shove her to the ground.

Miguel also showed Seiden photos that she says show the football player sneak up behind her daughter and shove her.

“Once you see the video, you slow it down, you can see it was intentional,” Miguel said. “It was malicious, and it definitely had intent.”

Miguel said she showed the video to the head of the schools, but she said nothing has been done. Miguel said her daughter has been the victim of bullying since last year when some of her classmates egged her car in the school parking lot.

Miguel said that despite multiple meetings with school administrators, the harassment continues on a daily basis.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, this occurred, it was intentional and now I know the school is not going to do anything,” she said.

The family took out a restraining order against the student in the video, but her attorney chose not to pursue it and dismissed it. The attorney for the accused student has also responded. She told Seiden in an email that the school investigated and has not pursued him for any of the injuries.

She also claims that as soon as her client learned about the injuries, he asked about her and apologized that she was injured.

Channel 2 reached out to school officials for comment, but as of Tuesday, the school has not issued a statement to us.

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