13-year-old boy brutally beaten at Broward school for speaking Spanish

A 13-year-old boy was brutally beaten at his high school in Broward and the cause, according to the victim, was that his assailant did not want to hear him speak Spanish.

Luis Manuel Robles Castillo, who is in the ninth grade at West Broward School in Pembroke Pines, was attacked by another 17-year-old student who threw him to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the face, until two friends from the victim managed to separate him.

“It was a problem of xenophobia that was present throughout the problem, I tried to maintain physical distance, I tried to explain to him that I was not doing anything, to apologize and I even began to speak to him in English, but I do not have the need or the reason to speak in English with people that I feel comfortable speaking Spanish,” Luis Manuel told America TeVe.

The incident occurred on September 13, when Luis Manuel, who is Venezuelan, was talking with a friend towards the bus stop, after classes.

As told to Univisionapparently her attacker did not like that she said a word that is used colloquially in Venezuela.

“We were speaking in Spanish and then he approaches us and tells us why we are insulting him, because we had said a word that in our country, Venezuela, is said about a friend, a friend,” he explained.

The attack caused injuries to his forehead and head for which he had to go to the hospital, although fortunately none were serious.

Edda Castillo, mother of the victim, revealed that she filed charges with the Pembroke Pines police, but her main fear is that the event will be repeated.

“I asked the school who guarantees my son’s safety and they told me that they cannot guarantee that this will not happen again,” he said.

For its part, the Broward school district announced in a statement that the responsible student received appropriate disciplinary action, in accordance with the student code of conduct.

“The school administration provided mediation for the students with the aim of preventing any future problems. The school leadership remained in communication with the parents/guardians of the students throughout this process,” the document adds.

Edda and her son arrived from Venezuela just nine months ago, and they say they never thought something like this would happen to them in the United States.

The Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating video of the fight.

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