On Sunday, a 13-year-old girl from Martin County, Florida was viciously attacked by a classmate, and the entire fight was caught on a cellphone camera. According to ABC Action News, the 13-year-old was lured to a park so that a girl, one year her senior, could assault her.
In the clip, the victim does not appear to fight back. Police found footage of the attack on Snapchat.
The victim's mother told WFTS on Tuesday, “[Detectives] called me on Sunday to say my daughter was at the park, that she had been assaulted, and that she was being rushed to the hospital.”
She said her daughter is recovering, but she is not without injuries. The teen has bruises, a swollen jaw, headaches and is missing hair after the attack, according to her mom.
“This was animal behavior,” the mother said. The mother also stated eight other kids who were watching the fight did nothing to stop it, and one even started recording it.
Police said the attacker believed the victim was spreading rumors about her. Police and the victim’s family, however, said they don’t know if that’s even true. The victim just moved to the area and has only been a student at the school for one week.
In the clip, the victim tries to tell the attacker that she isn’t the person behind the rumors.
“I didn't say that!” she exclaims.
“She wouldn’t hurt a fly,” her mother said. "She didn’t even try to hit the girl back and kick her. Why would they pick on someone like her?”
The 14-year-old attacker has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.
“That is still a first-degree misdemeanor,” Sheriff Snyder said. “That is something that will be on this child’s record the rest of her life.”
The victim is reportedly afraid to return to school after the assault.