Cell phone video obtained by NBC 7 shows a fight involving the San Ysidro Middle School student who brought an unloaded gun to campus March 9th.
According to the boy in the video, the fight happened about two weeks before the gun incident.
The 13-year-old, who has since been expelled, told NBC 7 the video shows the violence he faced and resulted in him bringing the weapon. He said he “feared for his life.”
“After I saw the people surrounding [my son] and what he had to deal with. I just could imagine,” Kevin Washington said, the boy’s father.
Washington said he and his son had reported the bullying to San Ysidro Middle School and school district officials numerous times before the gun incident.
“I notified the school here three times and I notified the elementary school nearby where my youngest son was going to,” said Washington. “It’s heartbreaking and to know that faculty and the Superintendent knows this goes on and denies it. They should not be in the position to monitor kids.”
Superintendent Julio Fonseca told NBC 7 the middle school and the school district never receive any reports of bullying involving Washington’s son until after the March gun incident. He said if they had received reports, they would have taken action.
“Since I’ve been on board and my staff on board, we have not received any reports that I know of. Ultimately, our decision was to keep all of our kids safe,” Dr. Fonseca said.
Fonseca said the school district is hiring a district-level security officer who they will give a vehicle to patrol before and after school. This is in addition to seven security officers they’ve hired in 2016 already.