Victim Speaks Out About High School Beating Video

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Friday, February 1, 2013

A shocking video on YouTube shows a Heights High School girl beating up another, and it appears it was all staged for the camera.

The 15-year-old isn’t embarrassed about the video. She’s mad. She says she wants laws changed to prevent these types of videos on YouTube.

Jansen Lockhart knew another student was angry with her over some phone messages, but she didn’t expect what happened. In the video someone posted on YouTube, you can see the taller girl talking to Lockhart. Then you hear someone yell to hit her. And that’s when the girl shoves Lockhart and starts beating her and throwing her by her hair to the floor.

"I didn't feel anything after that,” Lockhart said. “The adrenaline was rushing. I closed my eyes, hoping things get over soon."

The fight lasted just 16 seconds before a teacher broke it up.

"I had bruises, bumps the size of a baseball, and a small concussion," Lockhart said.

That was Monday morning. The video showed up on YouTube just a few hours later.

"I'm getting better,” Lockhart said. “It's hard to go to school, everyone like, ‘Oh, she got her butt kicked. Oh, hey, look at this video,’ and it's funny to them."

Her mom couldn’t bear to watch.

"It's gut-wrenching to see your child being slung around by their head,” Tokeah Lockhart said. “I hope it's something no other parent has to endure."

The 15-year-old suspect was suspended all week and had an expulsion hearing. The people who videotaped the fight are also under investigation. Lockhart says she’s not mad at the girl; she just wants her to get help.

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