Mom blames administration for teen's beating at Heritage High
Posted September 6
Updated September 16
Wake Forest, N.C. — 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