Girl claims adults jumped in after school fight caught on camera

HUNTING PARK (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are taking a close look at video of a brutal confrontation.

According to the victim's family, it shows a group of people, including adults, ganging up on a teenager. But officials say there may be more to the story.

The accusation is that misplaced jealousy led to threats and then the attack that was captured on video.

What started as a one-on-one after school fight escalated, according to the 15-year-old girl who got beat up.

The girl, Natalie, tells us, "They jumped me. Parents got in there - there was about six people. Parents got in it - students, boys."

Police were provided video from the victim's family, who say they found it on social media.

The family says in the video Natalie can be seen being pounded by multiple attackers.

Pointing to her black eye, Natalie says, "An adult did this to me. Someone's mother did this."

Natalie is an 8th grader at the Memphis Street Academy Charter School. Her mom, Jackie, says she alerted the school of threats against her daughter. She says she called Thursday asking that Natalie be escorted out of school.

Jackie says, "I called them at 2:24 and I asked them 'could you please have my daughter escorted.' They said they would have my daughter escorted."

But the school, which says it is cooperating with police, disputes that, saying the escort request didn't come until 2:59 as students were being released.

In addition, the fight on the video took place not on school grounds but six blocks away, making this a community issue, not a school issue.

Natalie's mother wants the attackers held accountable.

She says, "I want them all in jail. I want the mom in jail, I want everyone in jail that touched my daughter."

Fueling all this was apparently jealously. Another girl mistakenly thinking Natalie had something to do with the breakup with a boyfriend, got a third girl to target Natalie, so thinks the boy's mother.

The boy's mother, Cornelia Cruz, explains, "She has not only bullied Natalie, other girls, she has bullied my son. She has told people she was going to have my son beat up. And it just shows the poor quality that these kids are being brought up in a trashy way."

The Port Richmond school says that while this is a community matter, apparently its student code of conduct does apply to kids coming and going to school - even blocks away.

So, four students who were apparently involved in the altercation have been suspended. But since there is not a lot of school left in the year, the suspension means they will not be able to attend their 8th grade graduation festivities on Monday.
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