McDONOUGH, Ga. – Authorities are investigating an attack on a 6-year-old girl in an elementary school bathroom in Henry County, Georgia.
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Deputies say Lanira Tackett was attacked by a girl twice her age inside a restroom at Oakland Elementary School in McDonough. The older student reportedly choked her, put her head in the toilet several times and hit her head on the toilet, according to FOX 5. FOX 5 reports that a teacher intervened after hearing a commotion.
The 5th-grader was charged in juvenile court and the school district is investigating, according to WXIA.
The child’s father, Jeremy Tackett, told FOX 5, “You send your kids to school to get an education; they should not have to worry about getting pulled into the bathroom and getting pummeled by somebody almost twice their age.”
“The older students shouldn’t be allowed to be with younger students, so I mean, this is a problem that happens all the time in schools and we need to address it so that our younger ones are safe at school and they don’t have to deal with this problem,” Lanira’s mother, Cheryl Tackett, said.
The family is taking all five of their children out of the school.
The fifth grader was charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and battery.