• Student charged after video captures 'disturbing' attack at York County school

    By: Elsa Gillis , Gina Esposito

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    YORK, S.C. -

    Police have charged a student caught on video attacking another student during a fight at a York County school, according to our news partners the Rock Hill Herald. 

    The York County chief of police told the Herald the student was charged with assault and disorderly conduct after another student student captured the fight on cellphone video. 

    Crystal Faulkner said her 14-year-old daughter has been bullied at her school all year long.

    "She’s a special needs child, so they are picking on her about that, telling her she’s slow, and they throw things at her and they hit her," Faulkner said about her daughter, who attends York Middle School.

    Faulkner said she and her daughter have gone to school leaders about it.

    "I have been to the school countless (times), just this school year about the issues,” Faulkner said. "I've spoken with the principal. I've spoken with teachers. I've spoken with the assistant principal. I've spoken with the officer that stays at the school."

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    She said she's been told that it's being handled but on Monday, she said that bullying hit a different level.

    "Watching the video was brutal,” Faulkner said. “It was brutal. It was heartbreaking."

    This video shows her daughter being brutally beaten and kicked in the head on school property during the school day.

    The district confirmed the incident happened at York Middle School.

    Faulkner said just minutes prior, she had gotten a phone call from her daughter, who complained that someone was picking on her.

    "Probably about 10 minutes later, when she called me just hysterical, screaming, and I couldn’t make out much of what she was saying other than, ‘She beat me. She beat me. She beat me,’" Faulkner said.

    Faulkner is now furious.

    "I am so frustrated because I have tried,” Faulkner said. “I have begged. I have pleaded. I have gone through all the proper channels to have them take care of this problem.”

    She wants the children to understand what they're doing to her daughter.

    "These things have serious consequences,” Faulkner said. “Someone could end up dead -- people have ended up dead, and you can’t keep doing this. You have got to stop and if you have an issue with another child, just talk to them."

    The district's response is below:

    "This video is disturbing, and we immediately addressed this particular situation from April 8, 2019. We are actively working to ensure that incidents like this do not occur on our campuses. Due to student privacy law, we are unable to comment on any (disciplinary) actions."

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