Screenshot: Teen slammed by vice principal

Screenshot of video, courtesy Marko Law, PLC

Lawsuit: Security Video Shows Assistant Principal Body-Slam Detroit Student

July 09, 2018 - 4:51 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - For the second time this week, a student has filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Public Schools Community District alleging physical abuse.  

Attorney Jonathan Marko, who represents the family of 14-year-old Elijah Wynn, says the West Side Academy High School freshman was slammed to the ground by the school's assistant principal as he tried to re-enter the building to retrieve has wallet for bus fare home. 

Video of the incident, which was captured on the school's security camera last fall, was released this week by Marko to WWJ Newsradio 950 and other news media. 

"We asked for the videotape evidence, which you can clearly see shows this vice principal abusing this kid," Marko told WWJ's Jon Hewett in an interview Monday.

The video, Marko said, shows the administrator forcibly lifting the child before "body slamming him head-first into the concrete pavement."

"But what it doesn't show is the ten seconds where the security officer punched Elijah in the face," he added. "Somebody didn't go in and purposefully delete portions of this tape unless it shows something that is incriminating."

Marko said Wynn's jaw was fractured as a result of the alleged assault, calling the case "exceptionally troubling."

In statement sent to WWJ, a Detroit Public Schools Community District spokesperson says the district has not been served with a lawsuit regarding this issue, and as such is unaware of the specifics regarding the claim.

"We will investigate the matter at that time and determine our position and response," continued Chrystal Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Communications and Marketing for the district, in the statement.  "The video in question relates to a student who was not authorized to enter the school and was repeatedly asked to leave by several school officials."

This comes after last week, another DPSCD student sued the district after having a finger severed in a door, which was allegedly forced closed by a teacher. Marko is representing  a 7-year-old Henderson Academy student in that case, as well as a 9-year-old girl in a similar, separate case in Hazel Park