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Written by Elgin Jones   
Thursday, 01 November 2012
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POMPANO BEACH – A father frustrated by what he says was the failure of the Broward County School District to investigate his daughter’s alleged beating by a school security guard has hired an attorney to pursue the incident.

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Robert Donald, who also works for the school district at a different location, said his daughter Raenesha Donald, 12, was slammed into a garbage can and a fence and then to the ground.

“He beat up my daughter for no reason and no one will do anything about it,” said Robert Donald.

The incident took place on March 28 at Crystal Lake Middle School in Pompano Beach and involved Raenesha and security specialist Trevor C. Allen.

Raenesha was left “beaten and bloodied” and her blouse was ripped open during the fight, according to official documents.

Nadine Drew, a spokeswoman for the school district has not responded to questions. School Superintendent Robert Runcie did not return calls seeking comment.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and, according to internal documents obtained by the South Florida Times, school officials were aware of the altercation and instructed staff who witnessed it to write statements about what took place.

One email from school principal Sabine B. Phillips asked social studies teacher Sheila Smart, history teacher Ramona Graham and Allen to provide statements detailing what happened.

According to those statements, Raenesha was accused of walking out of her social studies class after her teacher, Sheila Smart, began to counsel her about her attitude. Allen went after her and asked her to stop but she walked away and tried to enter an office to see an assistant principal.

“When I went to redirect her by placing my hand on her shoulder and asking her to follow me once again, instead, she swung at me with a closed fist striking me in my shoulder and the side of my head. At this point I had to restrain her for the safety of myself, herself, and others,” Allen wrote in his statement.

Allen could not be reached and he did not respond to emails from the South Florida Times seeking comment. However, two surveillance cameras mounted at the school captured different angles of the incident.

Allen is seen reaching for Raenesha’s arm twice and her pulling away. Then he rushed her and drove her into a garbage can and then slammed her into a fence and then onto the ground.

Robert Donald said he met with officials at the school who, he said, assured him the incident was being investigated. After not hearing from them since, he retained an attorney, he said. “If my child was wrong, then she should be punished but for this grown man to beat her up like that is unacceptable,” Donald said.

The family’s attorney Peter Hanna, of Fort Lauderdale, described it as a “sensitive issue he did not want to see played out in the press.”

However, in a letter dated Aug. 30 which he sent to the Florida Department of Financial Services putting them on notice of possible legal action, and to the Broward County School District, Hanna disputes Allen’s version of what happened.

“We have a copy of the video in our possession and it is very disturbing in that it shows a grown man beating, shoving and throwing a defenseless 12-year-old girl to the ground,” Hanna wrote in his letter. “The video shows the grown man on top of the 12-year-old victim as she lay beaten and bloodied on the ground. He was on top of her until another person told him to get off her.”

*Pictured above is Crystal Lake Middle School Principal Sabine Phillips.

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This is A Bad School and Principal
written by Guest Who, October 31, 2012
The should have reported this, but she didn't. Today, she is all worried because the tv stations was out here. This child should not have been attacked this way and she did not hit him. I watched the video.
the truth
written by Joanne, October 31, 2012
he should go to jail for what he did. now no girl feels safe around him.. i dont understand why he is still on the campus.. i feel unsafe and i dont want him around me.. the only reason now he is acting kind now is because he knows he will go to jail
The Truth
written by Joanne, October 31, 2012
i know mr.allen and this girl.Renisha is the niciest person i know. she has good grades and maybe she would having a bad day every one has one because she is not a bad person. mr.allen is not a nice person he only acts nice when the deputy or staff member is around.
This Is Wrong
written by Guest Who, October 29, 2012
The school superintendent Runcie should be fired. This is a disgrace and not one reported it to children and family services.
Very Concerned
written by guest, October 28, 2012
This is obviously a brutal attack and the child did not hit him, he was the one that hit her. A school yard is not the NFL where a grown man rushed and tackles a child. Disgraceful!
My opinion
written by Junior Neves, October 27, 2012
This is a serious matter and I believe Mr.Allen is not guilty. He is a great man truly kind. When I went to Crystal Lake last year my 8th grade year he would treat me and many others with most respect and especially females he would treat with the most up right respect. I believe that girl truly assaulted him and hit him so he took charge put her down. Mr. Allen is a man of his word he does not lie. From many kids I've heard from they all say she is a bad girl one that always acts up and causes disturbance like walking out of class. Investigate more into this incident, this kind man should not lose his job and should have his rights. Any security I believe would done the same. I believe he had his right for what he did.
written by M&M, October 27, 2012
I know Mr.Allen And He Should Not Have Used That Much Force.smilies/sad.gif
What I think
written by The truth, October 27, 2012
I think he is a good man, I think he probably slap her but thats not bad, what bad is that he didn't beat her enoughsmilies/tongue.gif
written by True gruh, October 27, 2012
I No This Man... Yes He Is Very Kind... He Treats Every Girl With Up Most Respect... He Would Not Have Done This Without It Being Necessary!!! The Girl Needed Discipline Appearantly!!
My Opinion.
written by Sh*ee, October 27, 2012
I know this man.
I go to this school.
He is a kind man and I assure you whatever action he toke was necessary in order to keep the school safe.
And I bet that girl thought twice about walking out of class and hitting people.

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