WASHINGTON - A D.C. mother said her young son was attacked on an elementary school playground by another student’s mother.
Aisha Diin said her 6-year-old son, Yosef, a first grade student at Drew Elementary School in Northeast D.C., was pushed to the ground and suffered scratches on his face in two places on May 11.
“She picked me up by my neck, threw me on the ground, scratched my face up,” said Yosef.
“He had two Band-Aids on his face when I got there,” Diin said. “I had to put the rage aside because I wanted to know where the parent was,” Diin recalled. “That was my first question – where is the parent at? Oh, the parent isn’t here. Where are the police at? We didn’t call the police. Why wasn’t the police called? The staff just told me that was the principal’s decision.”
However, Principal Na’imah Salahuddin said police were contacted following the incident. In a letter sent home to parents on Friday, she wrote:
“Dear Drew Elementary School Parents and Families,
“At Drew Elementary School, the well-being of our students is important to us. Communicating home about issues that arise during the school day is key to being good partners to our families.
“Last week, an unfortunate incident occurred at our school involving a parent and a student. Our administrative team immediately followed security protocols by contacting the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), who arrived quickly to collect a report of the incident and launch their proceedings.
“I want to assure you that the safety of our students is our top priority and we take all incidents very seriously. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone at (202) 671-6040 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Thank you for your continued support of Drew Elementary School.”
A source told FOX 5 the parent was banned from campus and she then removed her child from the school.
What led to the attack? According to Diin, she was told that “somebody had passed gas in his classroom. He had sprayed some Febreze and the Febreze had got on a student.”
A police report was filed in this case and Diin was told a detective spoke to the woman who attacked her son.
“I don’t want this situation to be swept under the rug,” she said.
D.C. police said the incident was still under investigation.