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Mom blames administration for teen's beating at Heritage High

Posted September 6, 2016
Updated September 16, 2016

— One Heritage High School student is recovering at home, and another is facing charges after a fight broke out among two teens on school grounds last week.

The mother of the teen who was injured in the fight says her 14-year-old daughter called after the fight in hysterics.

"She was hysterical. She said, 'Mommy, I was dragged across the sidewalk,' and I couldn't understand her, so I said, 'It's going to be OK,'" said the victim's mother, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation.

The mother said her teenager was waiting for the bus to go home when she was assaulted. She rushed to the high school where she said she found her daughter in a locked room.

She immediately took her daughter to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with head and neck injuries. She also has multiple cuts and bruises.

A video, posted to the suspect's Snapchat account a short time after the fight, shows her sitting in a room with a woman she identified in the video as her mother. The two are high-fiving one another and can be heard bragging about the beating. The video also shows a picture of cash the teen said she was paid for the fight.

The victim's mother said her daughter has been threatened by the suspect for weeks. She also said she had pleaded for help from school administrators multiple times, even as recently as the morning of the fight.

"I spoke to administration and I specifically told them, 'You need to keep my daughter safe. She is not safe at that school,'" she said. "And they say, 'Oh, you're overreacting.'"

Hours later, her teenage daughter was attacked.

"They said, 'Oh yeah, we will keep your daughter safe.' ...What's your biggest fear at that point? That somebody is going to attack her and she's going to die," the victim's mother said.

The mother, now furious administrators did not do more to protect her daughter from the bullies, said she wants to find a new school for her kid.

"This is supposed to be a no bullying zone, zero tolerance. And what did they do for my daughter? They bullied her, and they bullied me too," she said.

The Wake County District Attorney filed a juvenile petition against the suspect for misdemeanor assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Federal statutes designed to protect student privacy limit what school administrators can say about specific incidents. A statement from Wake County Public Schools said fighting on school campus is prohibited.

"School administration thoroughly investigate all altercations between students to determine violations of school board policy and the student code of conduct for all students involved. In addition, school administration are working cooperatively with the Wake Forest Police Department to share information about this specific incident," the statement said.

The incident remains under investigation


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  • Wyatt McGhee Sep 8, 2016
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    This terrible situation is another example of why we need school choice. Except in the case of wealthier families, the public schools decide which school one's children will attend, which is not right. Families and children should not be held hostage by failing, and in cases like this one, apparently arrogant school officials. Parents in consultation with their children should be able to decide which school they would like to attend.

  • Mary Meadows Sep 7, 2016
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    Did you watch the video Angel? It showed a photo of the victim in the hospital. As well as the attacker and her mother. It is apparent what the races of the individuals are. While you are correct, the race is irrelevant, I simply wanted to point out that it has in fact been made public.

  • Angel Bousquet Sep 7, 2016
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    Maybe I'm missing something but I'm still trying to figure out where the races of those involved have been made public. Regardless of what race the children are, bullying should not be tolerated, PERIOD! The generations of today have it worse when it comes to bullying because of social media. At least in my day there was a brief reprieve with the end of the school day.

  • Deanna Minter Sep 7, 2016
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    Sheila Rohrbach, What happened to this girl is HORRIBLE! For the safety of it's citizens, maybe you should share some of these "hidden problems".

    This was a horrible incident, but I believe there is more to this story than was printed. The first day of school was Monday of last week, however the mother reports her daughter had been bullied for several weeks. Why had the mother done nothing to stop this prior to school starting? The mother also states she, herself, has been bullied. Even more reason to take action!

    Based on what is in the article, yes HHS should have done something to protect this girl, but if the mother was truly fearful for her daughter's life it seems the mother should have acted in those several weeks leading up to the first week of school.

    It is probably better to withhold judgement on an entire community until you are certain of all the details..Regardless nobody should have to endure this kind beating!

  • Diane Knight Sep 7, 2016
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    The same people that believe gun free zones actually stop people from committing violent crimes..

  • Diane Knight Sep 7, 2016
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    Did you try teaching your child to fight back? Bullies like to prey on the weak and vulnerable. Like my daddy told me many, many years ago.. "Even if you lose the fight with a bully, they'll leave you alone after that, because they don't want someone that fights back." He was right. It worked for my son, it worked for me and it worked for countless other kids that have been bullied in the past. Amber, I'm serious... You tried doing it the right way, as it should be, now teach him to defend himself and stand up to them. At the very least, he won't feel like a victim anymore and he'll gain self confidence. Good luck.

  • David Doucette Sep 7, 2016
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    Clues of homeschooling: "...their will be retribution..." and "...is the worse bullies..."

    Also, apparently homeschooled by the KKK.

  • Tron Carter Sep 7, 2016
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    Kids committing suicide because of bullying is FAR from an epidemic. Most kids, although getting their feelings hurt every now and then, know it's not the end of the world and grow thick enough skin to get through it. Unfortunately in the real world, we can't keep ourselves (or our children) in safe little bubbles forever. Getting picked on is part of growing up and even the bullies feel bullied from time to time. Good luck to your kid and his bubble, though.

  • Amber Maxwell Sep 7, 2016
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    Yes kids are kids, but when the issue is continuing I expect someone to take a stand. By not taking a stand, you are only becoming a part of the issue. WCPSS has a NO BULLY TOLERANCE - that is what they say and that is what they should stand by. Things are different now then they were then. Kids are committing suicide because no one is taking a stand. You've clearly not had a child being bullied - I will pray for you when and if that day ever comes. Things aren't like they use to be. It's a different time. (Next time, show a little respect - "lady" or "man" is not the proper way to address someone that you do not even know).

  • Sean Creasy Sep 7, 2016
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    I can't help but have the feeling that there is more to this story than both sides are letting on to.