Teen Charged In Videotaped High School Beating
HARTLAND TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A 14-year-old girl has been charged in juvenile court with an attack on a fellow Michigan high school student that was recorded on video and posted online.
The teenager is charged with aggravated assault in connection with the March 12 altercation at Hartland High School.
The video shows one female student arguing with another before grabbing her from behind by the hair, pulling her to the ground and punching her before an adult breaks up the fight. The victim, also 14-years-old, suffered a broken nose and concussion in the attack.
Bezotte said the girls started arguing in the classroom when the victim “made fun” of a personal situation the suspect was discussing with another friend. He said the argument escalated into violence when the girls got into the hallway.
“The victim overheard the conversation and made fun of the situation, which was offensive to the suspect,” Bezotte told The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.
A third student who noticed the girls fighting took out his cell phone and recorded the incident before later posting the footage online. Police, however, didn’t seek charges against that male student.
“I don’t think it was preplanned,” Bezotte said. “The student saw the two (female students) arguing, and he pulled out his smart phone. It was spontaneous.”
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