Target: Hoover High School Principal Don Hulin
Goal: Apologize to high school girl who was beaten and arrested for falling asleep in school
Recently, Ashlynn Avery, a high school girl in Hoover, Alabama was beaten and arrested after falling asleep during an in-school suspension. She was given the suspension after skipping class, but fell asleep during it due to medical conditions. She was physically assaulted by a school supervisor and then arrested by a school police officer. There is no reason this girl should have been treated in this way. The school must apologize to Avery for this incident.
Avery suffers from diabetes and sleep apnea, which caused her to fall asleep during her in school suspension. A school supervisor woke her up by slamming the cubicle she was in, striking her on the head. When she dozed off again, the supervisor hit her desk with the book she was supposed to be reading. The book bounced and hit Avery in the chest. She was told to leave the room, and was followed by a school police officer. The officer slapped the girl’s backpack, and when she asked him to stop, he shoved her face-first into a filing cabinet. She was handcuffed and taken to the officer’s car. Once in the car, Avery vomited before being taken to the hospital.
There is no reason a high school girl should have been treated this way. She was clearly discriminated against due to her medical conditions. The police officer in the school violently overreacted, and Avery needed to receive medical attention as a result. This case is another example of abuse committed by school police officers. Schools have the responsibility to protect their students, not subject them to police brutality for minor issues such as falling asleep. The school must apologize to Avery for neglecting their responsibility to her.
Dear Mr. Hulin,
Recently, a student in your school was beaten and arrested for falling asleep. Ashlynn Avery fell asleep during an in-school suspension. She sustained injuries caused by a supervisor and a school police officer. She was handcuffed and hospitalized.
Avery fell asleep because of sleep apnea and diabetes. Her medical conditions do not mean that she should be subjected to such harsh treatment.
I ask you to apologize to Avery. There is no reason a high school girl should have had to face physical abuse from the people who were supposed to protect her. The school has a responsibility to protect its students from harm. By allowing this abuse to happen to Avery, you have failed this responsibility. You must apologize to the girl and her family for this incident.
[Your Name Here]