The head of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system said Wednesday that he’s reviewing security at all of the district’s high schools to find ways to prevent a repeat of the vicious attack that happened to a 12-year-old boy Friday night after a Scotlandville High football game.
District officials will review lighting and the placement of security cameras at the various campuses in the system and consider the positioning of security officers at school events and after games, schools Superintendent Warren Drake said.
Drake said Scotlandville High had 12 officers on duty Friday night and the high school is fairly well lit, but it’s a “huge, huge campus.” He said the parking lot where the incident occurred is more dimly lit, as parking lots tend to be.
Drake said he has directed Gary Reese, chief of student support services, to lead the school security review.
“I told everyone immediately this is not acceptable,” Drake said. “It’s so cowardly, so criminal. It’s just disgusting.”
The superintendent visited the student and his family at the hospital Tuesday.
“It’s impossible to stop all such violence, but the school system is going to do better,” he said. “I want people to know this is not what we’re about.”
Quinton Robinson, the victim of the attack, suffered skull fractures and swelling and bleeding of his brain as a result of the attack, said his mother, Candy Robinson.
Quinton, a student at Woodlawn Middle School, remained in the hospital Wednesday but had been moved out of intensive care, his mother said.
Robinson said her son had attended the game — a 28-20 Scotlandville victory over visiting East Ascension High — with his aunt, grandmother and two young cousins to support a family friend who’s a varsity cheerleader for Scotlandville.
Quinton and his aunt, Yolanda Robinson, went to get snacks from his aunt’s car for the cheerleaders following the game and were walking back toward the stadium through the parking lot when a group of teenagers came up from behind them. One of the teenagers hit Quinton once in the head, dropping him to the ground, his mother said.
Quinton’s aunt told Candy Robinson that “the noise was so loud she thought he had been shot and then he fell flat on his face.”
The group — including Quinton’s attacker — fled after the attack, according to Baton Rouge police. Witnesses and detectives have been unable to identify the attackers.
Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Wednesday that detectives are looking into whether any of the school’s security cameras may have captured the attack.
“He was there to support someone and enjoy a good atmosphere,” Robinson said while she was with her son at a hospital. “You wouldn’t think something like this would happen on a school campus. He’s a 12-year-old boy and not a bad kid at all. I just can’t believe it.”
Quinton doesn’t know many students who attend Scotlandville High and the attack appears to be a brutal and random assault, his mother said.
She said others have suggested it may be related to a so-called “knockout game” among teenagers, referencing a supposed national trend where assailants attempt to knock randomly selected victims unconscious with a single blow.
“This is pointless and makes no sense,” Candy Robinson said. “People need to start caring a lot more for the lives of other individuals.”
McKneely said he was unaware of any “knockout game”-style attacks in the Baton Rouge area but that detectives are aware of reports about alleged attacks elsewhere.
“We’re not sure if this particular incident was that,” McKneely said.
McKneely said police are still searching for leads in the case and couldn’t yet say what might have motivated the attack on Quinton.