Community reacts to Rider video

Community reacts to Rider video

CAMDEN, Del. - Caesar Rodney High School has been in the news this week following the release of a picture of their mascot holding a sign with a racial slur on social media.  Now a video has appeared on Facebook of a handicapped child being beaten in the school's cafeteria this Tuesday.

Melissa Kozlowski, a Frederica resident, calls the incident 'disheartening.'

The 13-second long video posted to Facebook shows the disabled student sitting on the ground as he gets barraged in the back of the head by blow after blow as classmates look on.

School district Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald did not respond to 47abc directly for comment, but did release a statement on the district website saying the incident is, "in no way related to the recent mascot post."

Markisha Davis, of Dover, says she doesn't trust that the district will handle the situation in the right manner.

Fitzgerald goes on to say an arrest was made, adding, "Fights of this nature, while rare are unacceptable and are not tolerated in Caesar Rodney. The District will continue to work hard to insure the safety of our students."

Kozlowski says she takes the district at their word.

"I do think the school district will follow through with what needs to be done."

Fitzgerald released a statement Friday afternoon which called the behavior of individuals involved in the attack and the mascot incident earlier this week unacceptable.

Fitzgerald says that he is proud of the district, and appreciates the community's patience and support.

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