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Surveillance Footage Shows Brutal Assault on West Valley Freshman Campus

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A parent protest outside the West Valley School District caught a lot of attention on social media Wednesday. A parent protest outside the West Valley School District caught a lot of attention on social media Wednesday.
YAKIMA, WA - A parent protest outside the West Valley School District caught a lot of attention on social media Wednesday.

The parent was staging a protest outside the West Valley Freshman Campus after her daughter got suspended Tuesday for fighting. She obtained surveillance footage and said her daughter clearly didn't instigate the fight, so why should she be punished.

The shocking video shows a 15-year-old girl getting brutally assaulted from behind in the hallway.

The school district has a zero tolerance policy for fighting and both girls have been suspended.

"It irritates me because it wasn't fighting," said Molly, the girl who was attacked from behind. "I got attacked. Like me defending myself was not fighting. It was protecting myself from being attacked by someone that I had no clue what was happening."

"When you see the video and see how viciously my daughter was attacked, suspension for her, I think is absolutely ridiculous," said Christina Payment, Molly's mother.

We spoke with West Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Brophy on the phone, but he declined to give us an interview on camera. The superintendent tells us it doesn't matter who started or finished the fight, the school district has a zero tolerance policy and both students involved will be suspended.

"What are you supposed to do? Stand there and get attacked and beaten? They're suspending her, saying that she fought back," said Payment. "What else we're we supposed to do when somebody comes up behind you and attacks you like that."

Payment said her daughter and the other girl used to be friends, but Molly broke off the friendship and now it's ended like this.

"She's very sore," said Payment. "She's incredibly embarrassed. She is upset. It was hard to get her to go to sleep last night. She was in tears for most of the evening."

Payment said she hopes the West Valley School District will consider making changes to the zero tolerance policy, and use their own judgement when serving punishments.

But for now, she's filed assault charges with the Yakima County Sheriff's Department.

One school district in our region that has made changes to their zero tolerance policy is Kennewick. Now, principals have the discretion to decide appropriate punishment.
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