HOUSTON — An alarming video of what appears to be two Houston high school students attacking another student has gone viral, and it's raising safety concerns from parents.
“It’s just very disturbing. My first thought was, ‘This could have been my son,'" Sterling High School mother Daisy Martinez said.
The video appears to show two high school students attacking another student who was eating. The students are seen punching and kicking the victim as he falls to the ground.
“It’s the first week of school and we already have bullying going on," Martinez said.
The video was apparently taken last week and was shared with Martinez's child by another student, and she felt compelled to post the video on her Facebook in hopes of finding the family of the victim and helping them in some way.
“I personally don’t know the kid but I shared it because I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone," Martinez said.
In a response to KHOU, Houston Independent School District said, “the district is aware of this incident” and it is “investigating this matter.”
Cesar Espinosa is the Executive Director of FIEL Houston, which provides services to Houston’s immigrant population. He said FIEL is also hoping to identify the victim.
"Hopefully, in the next couple days, we'll be able to engage the family so we can guide them in taking the steps they need to get the justice they deserve. ... To be able to get help for this kid and for this family who may not know where else they can seek help,” Espinosa said. "It's really important to point out that we don't just put the blame on these two young men who committed the act because oftentimes we don't know what happens at home, what leads a person to act this way. At the end of the day, we also would like to get help for these two young gentlemen and to be able to get help for this kid and for this family who may not know where else they can seek help."
Martinez said she wants action to be taken by the school. Her child, she said, is now afraid to go to their first year of high school in person.
“Kids go to school to learn. Not to go through this," Martinez said.
The circumstances surrounding the attack are unclear. In its statement to KHOU, HISD didn't say whether or not disciplinary measures had been taken.
"It's important that we bring awareness to these types of issues so that they don't happen again to other students," Espinosa said.
Full HISD statement:
"The district is aware of an incident that took place at Sterling High School that is currently circulating via social media. The district is investigating this matter and will take the necessary action to ensure all students have access to a safe learning environment."