Teen bullied, classmates videotape assault
DENVER (WHDH) -- A 14-year-old Denver girl was left to fend for herself when another 14-year-old girl brutally assaulted her in the classroom of a Denver middle school.
Other students stood around and watched, and even videotaped it.
"I turned around because I didn't want to fight her and she grabbed my hair,” said the victim.
It happened last Friday.
The victim, we'll call her Sarah, didn't even have time to set her backpack down when the other student jumped her, knocked her to the floor and punched her repeatedly, viscously hitting her in the face and body.
Her mother says the school did not call her, another parent did.
"My daughter is the one who was severely hurt, was sitting alone in a nurse's office and I still wasn't called,” said the victim’s mother.
Sarah says about a month ago, the other girl started bullying her, stalking her in the halls, pushing and shoving her and trying to make her fight. Sarah says she told teachers repeatedly that she did not feel safe.
"They should have had somebody watch her to make sure she didn't do anything because I asked them for help a lot of times,” said the victim.
"They treated this situation like every other one they see and it was not the same,” said the victim’s mother.
Friday afternoon the bullying at this school crossed the line into premeditated assault.
The school says several dozen students created a disturbance in the hall to lure the teacher out of the victim's classroom.
That's when the attacker rushed in, along with dozens of other students who clearly knew about the assault, some even taping it on their phones.
"To me that's the most disturbing part,” said the victim’s mother.
And the attacker's friends are still threatening ‘Sarah’ on Facebook.
One post says they will knock her teeth out when she comes back to school. And this one threatens to beat her up again. Twenty-nine people liked that post.
"They shouldn't bully because it makes people feel bad about themselves," said
Sarah is traumatized and overwhelmed.
"I felt like I didn't want to live anymore,” said the victim.
"That kills me more than anything because no child should have to feel like that. Not mine, not anybody's,” said the victim’s mother.
The school and Denver police are investigating the entire incident and the threats.
We're told the girl who was throwing the punches was criminally charged Tuesday.
She's been suspended, and could face expulsion.
Also the other kids who were involved in this are also under investigation.
They could face possible criminal charges as well as additional school discipline.