School fight video raises questions about discipline for 'self-defense' in Charles County

- A fight between two girls at North Point High School in Charles County is raising questions about the fairness of the school district's discipline policy.

Nicki Pearce said the video shows an unprovoked attack on her daughter in the halls of the school on April 4. However, administrators gave her daughter a three-day suspension, according to the mother.

Pearce said her daughter defended herself and the suspension was out of line.

"I didn't believe that my child should have been suspended at all because she didn't do anything but defend herself," she said..

Officials for Charles County Public Schools would not speak on the specifics about student discipline, but said that by policy, all students involved in a fight are subject to discipline.

"That is something definitely should be changed because I don't know anyone in the world that is being attacked that would not fight back," Pearce said.

Both Prince George's Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools appear to have leniency built into their discipline policies for mitigating circumstances such as self-defense.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office confirmed to FOX 5 that the girl who appears in the video to be the aggressor is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. Pearce's daughter has not been charged.

Pearce wants administrators to remove the suspension from her daughter's record.

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