Shocking Footage of Teenage Girl Beaten in Restroom Turns into Anti-Bullying Campaign

Shocking Footage of Teenage Girl Beaten in Restroom Turns into Anti-Bullying Campaign

We all get picked on at school at one point or another. Some kids have it worse than others and some kids’ bullying crosses the line into outright assault. When a teenage girl was filmed getting gang-beaten by a group of girls, she used the clip to try and help others with their bullying problems.


A teenager girl, who was beaten until she lost consciousness by four girls in her school’s bathroom, posted her version of the video that takes a stand against bullying.

Philadelphia teen, Mia DeJesus, 16, was the victim of a horrific beating that was caught on video.

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While the attackers were taunting her with the clip, she turned it into a much more serious matter by taking a stand against bullying.

The video begins with the attack that was originally posted by one of the bullies to social media, as they continued to bully her online.

One girl is seen holding Mia by her hair as she punches her in the back of her head.

The same girl then slides her to the middle of the bathroom floor where the other girls join in on the beating.

taunted her, Mia said she lost consciousness.

Mia’s voice is heard over the video saying that the incident happened on January 27.

‘I was locked in my school bathroom by four girls and beaten until I lost consciousness.

‘No one came to help me or tried to get help. I never had the chance to defend myself because as you can clearly see in the video I was unconscious and unable to fight.’

Mia, who is a student at Northeast High School, said that she was assaulted by four girls bigger than her ‘just because they didn’t like me’.

A graphic that says ‘bullying starts here’ is displayed in the video as Mia continues to describe what happened minutes before the attack.

‘My school has a clear video of all four girls following me into the bathroom before the attack.’

Another image is then displayed as she says she ‘refuses to be held hostage by this video and my fear’.

She then vowed to post the haunting clip everyday ‘until something is done for all the people who continue to experience this type of humiliation’.

The video has since been viewed more than a million times on Facebook.

Her family members and friends have been sharing the clip with the hashtag #TeamMia.

One of the bullies recorded in the clip criticized Mia’s video for not showing the entire scenario, according to the Daily News.

She claimed that Mia was the bully, not her.

The four attackers have been expelled since the video went viral.

Philadelphia School district spokeswoman, Raven Hill, told ABC 7 that the school does not characterize the incident as bullying, ‘but rather a neighborhood dispute that spilled over in the school building.’

Mia’s mom, Melinda, disagrees with the school district and said that ‘four on one is bullying’.

Mia said she hopes showcasing her horrifying experience can help other bullying victims.

‘All the people that have been texting me on Facebook and telling me their story, I feel like I did help a lot of people in the short amount of time that my video has been up.’

Mia is also being transferred to a different school.

In truth, I have long found the national conversation surrounding bullying to be a problem in itself. Kids must find ways to resolve conflict and yes, that sometimes includes a schoolyard fight.

However, while bullying might be defended as a primitive form of conflict resolution, even the most ardent “walk it off” advocate must agree that gang-beatings and vicious assaults like this cannot be tolerated.

Of course, as we witness the rise of viciousness of youths today, one cannot help but wonder what causes it. Some allege violence in media, but I have long maintained an opposing theory: whereas once kids could solve disputes with unkind words or the occasional structured fight that is broken-up within seconds, now, without any release valve of method of tacitly-accepted mini-eruptions of conflict, these tensions build and build until we see gang beatings and school shootings.

I’m not a psychologist; all I know is that when I was in school, two kids who got into a scuffle usually were able to work it out in the longrun or otherwise learned to ignore each other. I don’t recall ever hearing of any instances of calculated gang-beatings and ambushes in restrooms.

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