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Teen charged in Heritage High fight says she was also bullied

Posted September 7, 2016

Heritage High School

— A 15-year-old girl charged with assaulting a classmate at Wake Forest's Heritage High School said Wednesday that she is sorry for what she did, but she also says the video of the fight that made its rounds on social media doesn't tell the whole story.

The teen, who did not want to be named, said she is in fact the victim of bullying, not her 14-year-old classmate, who was diagnosed with head and neck injuries after the two were involved in a fight last week.

"I know I was wrong for fighting her, but I have my reasons," the 15-year-old said. "I was getting bullied and harassed."

Shortly after the fight, a video posted to her Snapchat account shows her sitting in a room with 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 15-year-old said the video is untrue.

"I mean, I was just trying to be a cool kid like everyone else is. I didn't think it would be taken to this...all of this," she said.

Her parents also say the video was misunderstood.

"I was like ‘I can't believe this is happened’. I high-fived her because she go into Spanish class," her mother said. "As parents, we would never condone this behavior."

Her step-father said the money was a way of her trying to act cool.

"She regrets it," he said.

Despite the apology, the teen said she has learned the hard way.

"People took it the wrong way. It was all meant as a joke and you should really be careful what you put on social media," she said.

Both mothers, who did not want to be identified, said they have concerns that school administrators did not do enough to keep their daughters safe.

A spokesperson for Wake County Public Schools said protocol for resolving disputes peacefully involves in-school discipline, separating students during the school day, and counseling.

"While we are limited in what we can share as a school district, we want to assure the families at Heritage High School that creating a safe climate for students to learn is a top priority," the school system said in a statement.

The Wake County District Attorney filed a juvenile petition against the 15-year-old for misdemeanor assault inflicting serious bodily injury. She has also been suspended from school.

The incident remains under investigation.


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  • Daniel Paner Sep 8, 2016
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    Animals. A clearly defective "family" with the inability, or incapacity, to understand and demonstrate moral behavior. And if this is a big misunderstanding: Thank you for the intelligent and plausible explanation that high fives are given when you go to Spanish class and though betting on dog fights is illegal, it is acceptable and just to assault young teenage girls at school.

  • Jim Williams Sep 8, 2016
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    The best defense is a good offense. You took a video of yourself bragging and showing the money. The only thing more despicable than your actions are those of the social indoctrination and teenage day care center.

  • Janet Ghumri Sep 8, 2016
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    Time to get off the pity pot and own up to your actions. Being 'bullied' doesn't excuse becoming a bully. Raising kids without respect for themselves and others leads to lifelong issues. What happened to accountability? Ethics? Pride? Obviously those virtues were dropped from the curriculum. Sad. It seems like the bully is not happy with her newfound status, and wants the attention given to the victim.

  • Chad Overton Sep 8, 2016
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    Sorry but assaulting someone is not a joke. I don't believe for one second she didn't know what she was doing.

  • Sean Creasy Sep 8, 2016
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    This is where progressive thinking has led us... The abolishment of corporal punishment and use of "modern techniques" as a replacement has created an entire generation of spoiled, whiney, act however they want kids who don't fear punishment anymore because the "punishment" is a joke!!

  • Megan Waldron Sep 8, 2016
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    This assailant shouldn't be talking to WRAL. She has been criminally charged. So-another case of really, really poor judgement by her parents.

  • Mary Meadows Sep 7, 2016
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    I don't believe this child and her mother is not only a liar, but a poor liar at that. She should be expelled or she should be suspended and have to attend a different school. The victim should not have to change schools as she is not the one who did the attacking. I believe l the victims mom needs to get her daughter to a basic self defense class. While she doesn't/didn't want to fight she needs to know how to defend herself from creatures like this who have no regards for rules and basic decency

  • Alison Bryan Sep 7, 2016
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    High five for getting in Spanish? Yeah right. Do you think we're stupid? Spanish is a class you take, not a prize you win.

  • B.c. Jimmy Sep 7, 2016
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    Only in 2016. The assailant is the victim. Pathetic. She should be expelled, and her parents sued.

  • Byrd Ferguson Sep 7, 2016
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    The video doesn't lie...both parents and child should be held accountable.