JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 13-year-old, eighth-grade student was lit on fire in the middle of class. Now her grandmother wants the boy who allegedly did it to be punished.
"You handled this all wrong," Gwenda Green told Action News about how the school acted.
Green couldn't believe the phone call she says she received from an administrator at her granddaughter Dejza Green's school Friday afternoon.
"She said apparently a student was playing with a lighter and he threw cologne on her and tried to set her on fire," she said.
Green rushed up to Landmark Middle School and, sure enough, she says the back of Dejza's hair had been scorched.
"They cut all that off and shifted things around but she had a big spot missing."
But Green says the school isn't taking the incident as seriously. She claims the boy's punishment has been put on hold until after students return next week from spring break. Action News reached out to Duval County Public Schools. A representative told us there was a code of conduct violation involving two students, which is considered a major offense. She says the student is being disciplined accordingly.
But Green isn't satisfied. She is now seeking help from her attorney.
"There are some flags," said Rodney Gregory. "A kid with a lighter in school and cologne is allowed allegedly to douse a child in a classroom full of other kids and set fire to that child."
Gregory is concerned why a student was able to come to class with a lighter.
"With all the school shootings and all the juvenile problems we've had, you would think the school board and the school would be more responsible," he told Action News.
As for Green, she is just thankful her granddaughter wasn't hurt.
"You know what they offered me? To buy a new hair weave," she said. "I can buy a new weave for 99 cents. I can't replace my granddaughter's life."
Green says her biggest concern is the alleged student responsible is white. She thinks had the roles been reversed, a stronger punishment would have been handed down.
Right now, Gregory is reviewing the facts before they determine whether they will press charges against the student or the school.