School security guard injured after being punched by Mandarin High School student

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A school security guard is recovering from injuries after he was punched by a Mandarin High School student.


The details are still unclear, but Principal Sara Bravo sent a message to parents on Thursday saying a security guard was knocked to the ground, hitting his head on a bench causing “significant bleeding.”

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Several students told Action News Jax that this incident caused quite a stir on campus.

“Students couldn’t even leave class, they told us that we had to stay inside of our classes,” senior student Kiyana hunter said. “And everyone was just freaking out, like, it was a really sad situation. Like I was really anxious.”

Jaclyn Woods received a text from her daughter 30 minutes before receiving the principal’s message. Woods said she was concerned, but appreciated the quick communication.

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“She was on it to make all the parents aware of exactly what happened in the incident,” Woods said. “So, it was amazing the response and how quick she was able to get it out.”

Several students described chaos in the aftermath -- with the security guard experiencing what appeared to be seizures before being rushed to the hospital.

“Of course there’s fights, it’s high school, but not nothing like this -- not a student hitting administrators,” Keaton said.

Today’s incident caused the parent of a sophomore student to explore other schools.

“You don’t want your child to be the one attacked,” parent Laura Wallin said. “It makes you concerned for their safety.”

But Woods said she’s confident in the security at Mandarin.

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“Mandarin is a good school. The security is tight, they make sure that they do all their precautions.”

During her message to parents and family, Principal Bravo said, “It is always disappointing to see a student make a choice like this. We want the best future possible for our students, and this is certainly not it.”

Bravo went on to say violence is not tolerated on campus and she is requesting to get the student expelled.

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Action News Jax is working to learn who that student is and when they might face a judge.

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