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Girl attacked at school: Father says parent was involved in beating

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Updated: 5/15/2013 1:30 am
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A Clay County father says his daughter feels at risk at school, after another student attacked her after class.

Daryl Shahan says his daughter, 17-year-old sophomore Tierra Hartley, was knocked down by a classmate at Middleburg High School as she left her after-school tutoring class last Tuesday.

"She slammed her into a pole and she hit her head.  My daughter then caught herself, and asked her what her problem was. Then the girl jumped her and started beating her in the face," said Shahan.

Shahan says the girl's mother was also there, and witnesses tell him the mother encouraged, and at times joined in, the fight that started over a boy.

"I don't know exactly to what extent she was involved. The detective told me she said she was trying to break it up, but I know she had her hands on my daughter's hair and snatched her hair out. That's not right."

School officials confirm an incident took place that is now being investigated.

In the week that's followed, Tierra has suffered from concussions, headaches and made multiple trips to the hospital.

"She now has to see a neurosurgeon because we want to make sure it's not more serious."

Shahan says both his daughter and the other girl were suspended, but he believes that's not enough.

"They came up there after school together just to confront my daughter.  To me, they planned it and they acted it out, so more should be done just because of that motive for violence."

He now wants answers from the school and police.

"How can I tell her to stay out of trouble or walk away from the situation, and then other parents are coming up to them at school and helping start it?"

The Clay County Sheriff's Office would not comment on the case because juveniles are involved, but do tell Action News it is an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been made.

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