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On Friday, a DeLand Middle School student said his family will sue Volusia County Schools after he claims a teacher choked him while breaking up a fight at the school last year.The incident happened at the school on Feb. 18. Jayquan Hightower was 14 years old at the time. He said another student picked a fight with him. But he is upset about the other person who ended it. The seventh grader said a teacher broke up the fight by pulling him away by the neck.“I was mad and scared,” Hightower said at a news conference on Friday. “I just thought I was going to pass out.” His mother, Sabrina Hightower, called police that same day saying she wanted the teacher held accountable. “To get justice for my kid,” she said. “Justice is for no other kid to go through this again.” In a report, DeLand police said they reviewed surveillance video at the school that day. A detective said it was unclear if the teacher’s arms were around Hightower’s chest or neck. The teacher told police he could not remember where he put his arm because everything happened so fast. Police said based on the school’s surveillance video, the teacher “used an appropriate amount of necessary force.”Since then, Hightower’s family hired attorneys who said they plan to file a federal lawsuit against Volusia County schools this month based on 14th amendment due process and equal protection concerns. “I’m angry. I’m angry about what these educators are doing to children,” said attorney Rawsi Williams. “If there’s one thing they definitely ought to be safe from all the time is assault and deprivation of their rights from administrators and educators.” Ursula Scott is the education committee chair for West Volusia NAACP. She is throwing her support behind Hightower in calling for the school system to review training. “It’s going to take justice for us to finally realize that we need to sit down and go back to the drawing board and figure out how we got here and how to never return to this place again,” Scott said. Volusia County schools does not comment on litigation, but they said the situation was investigated and it was determined that the teacher acted appropriately breaking up a fight.

On Friday, a DeLand Middle School student said his family will sue Volusia County Schools after he claims a teacher choked him while breaking up a fight at the school last year.

The incident happened at the school on Feb. 18.

Jayquan Hightower was 14 years old at the time. He said another student picked a fight with him. But he is upset about the other person who ended it.

The seventh grader said a teacher broke up the fight by pulling him away by the neck.

“I was mad and scared,” Hightower said at a news conference on Friday. “I just thought I was going to pass out.”

His mother, Sabrina Hightower, called police that same day saying she wanted the teacher held accountable.

“To get justice for my kid,” she said. “Justice is for no other kid to go through this again.”

In a report, DeLand police said they reviewed surveillance video at the school that day. A detective said it was unclear if the teacher’s arms were around Hightower’s chest or neck.

The teacher told police he could not remember where he put his arm because everything happened so fast.

Police said based on the school’s surveillance video, the teacher “used an appropriate amount of necessary force.”

Since then, Hightower’s family hired attorneys who said they plan to file a federal lawsuit against Volusia County schools this month based on 14th amendment due process and equal protection concerns.

“I’m angry. I’m angry about what these educators are doing to children,” said attorney Rawsi Williams. “If there’s one thing they definitely ought to be safe from all the time is assault and deprivation of their rights from administrators and educators.”

Ursula Scott is the education committee chair for West Volusia NAACP. She is throwing her support behind Hightower in calling for the school system to review training.

“It’s going to take justice for us to finally realize that we need to sit down and go back to the drawing board and figure out how we got here and how to never return to this place again,” Scott said.

Volusia County schools does not comment on litigation, but they said the situation was investigated and it was determined that the teacher acted appropriately breaking up a fight.

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