Texas Teen Says School Officers Brutally Beat Her For Not Wearing Mask Properly

A Texas teenager says she was brutally beaten by three officers at her school after an employee yelled at her for not wearing her face mask properly.

Kaidence Lyons told KTRK-TV that she was walking down the hallway at Clear Creek High School in League City when the school employee yelled at her over the mask on Monday.

The 15-year-old said the employee, a woman, then chased her down the hall and called her names.

Lyons told the station that she was the sent to the principal's office for talking back, but said she did not.

According to Lyons, the employee told her: "I don't want to hear nothing you gotta say. I'm tired of y'all Black kids thinking y'all can run my school and I just looked at her... I got something for you."

Then she said she was taken into a room, which didn't have any surveillance cameras, where three officers beat her and put her in handcuffs.

Her mother Shanna Proctor-Lyons told the station that her daughter was left with a broken hand as well as head and knee injuries.

"I just lost it 'cause I couldn't understand why my 15-year-old daughter was beat up so badly and handcuffed," she said. "They didn't have a reason why."

Lyons said she wasn't told why she was being arrested.

"I was just handcuffed and slammed down, and hitting for different reasons," she told the station.

Ronald Haley Jr., the family's attorney, has called for the school to release the surveillance footage showing the moment up until Lyons was escorted into the room.

"Why was she brought to a room with no cameras?" Haley told KTRK-TV.

"This was supposed to be a safe haven. It just seemed very cavalier for her to be walked to that room mighty casually." Haley has been contacted for additional comment.

In a statement, the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) said the school district and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office have launched separate internal investigations into the incident.

"We are aware of the public allegations made by the student's family and we take their concerns seriously," the statement added.

"The school district will continue to work with the student's family and keep them informed along the way."

Three school liaison officers are assigned to each of the district's high schools, each with around 2,500 students, CCISD added.

On its website, the school district says it partners with the sheriff's office to "provide a visible presence on each campus during the school day."

Newsweek has contacted the school district and sheriff's office for additional comment.

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Stock photo of a face mask. A Texas teenager says she was brutally beaten by three officers at her school for not wearing her face mask properly. Getty