A 12-year-old girl was beaten, her hair pulled and her body stomped on, allegedly by dozens of her fellow students from Randolph Middle School last week.
Now some are facing charges.
The Sept. 12 attack, first reported by WHDH Tuesday, happened as the girl was walking along a wooded path inbound to the local community center, according to the news station.
The incident, coming two and a half weeks into the school year, was caught on video.
“They take off her glasses and they stomp on her. They ripped her hair out. They kicked her in the head,” the girl’s mother, Norma Picard, told WHDH. “My daughter has a concussion. If her head hit the wrong place, they could have killed her.”
Police arrived at the scene and arrested one of the minors involved, the news station reports. Two others will be called to appear in court.
Randolph police did not immediately return a request for additional information Wednesday morning.
Picard said her daughter has not been in school since the incident.
“She’s recovering,” Picard said. “She wakes up every day in pain.”
Randolph Public Schools Superintendent Thea Stovell said the three students charged by police will face additional punishment at school, as will those seen cheering on the attack in the video.
“We are taking this very seriously and we will be dealing with disciplinary measures,” Stovell told WHDH. “I believe that our schools are safe. We do not have an epidemic of fighting. This is an unfortunate incident that has occurred.”
The school is developing a safety plan for when all the students are back in the building together again, according to the news station.
Picard said she felt the need to talk about what happened in hopes of preventing a similar incident in the future.
“I want to speak and I want this to go on the news so that I can save the next kid,” she said.