By Duwayne Escobedo, Inweekly
WEAR and WKRG last weekend reported “alarming” violence at Workman Middle School between two eighth grade boys.
Both TV stations said a 14-year-old black student flew through the air and kicked a 13-year-old white student with both feet–like seen in a professional wrestling match. The victim was bent over tying his shoes in the locker room. He allegedly hit the locker head first, causing numbness in one leg, a hurt head and sore back.
The kick is indeed vicious.
The news clip created a firestorm on social media with people demanding the expulsion, prosecution and jail time for the assailant, who was labeled an “assclown” and “sociopath.”
Workman students and parents contacted Inweekly and defended the black student. They alleged the white student continually called him the “N” word and had a reputation for bullying other students.
The Pensacola Police referred the case back to the school to handle as a discipline matter. The black student was not charged as a juvenile with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, as originally reported.
One Workman parent told Inweekly that “WEAR took the case and gave it a one-sided slant. There are 40 kids who can tell you (the white student) called the other boy the N word repetitively. This is one of the biggest cases of racial injustice committed by a known bully.”
Later that day, the white student injured in the kick was allegedly overheard saying the incident was a reason to bring a gun to school and shoot people. Throughout middle school, he has allegedly used the N word, punched girls and disrespected teachers.
An 8th grade classmate, who knows both boys, said the white victim looked fine the remainder of the day Thursday after getting “donkey kicked.” “Everyone knew he had it coming. He was so mean to everybody.”
The Pensacola Police have an active investigation and are trying to reconcile the two versions of the incident. Authorities ask teachers or students who have any information about the incident to report it to school officials. or contact PPD.