Boy Crazy: Teens Beat Classmate With Locks Over Facebook Comment
1 year ago
All involved have been suspended
On April 26, 16-year old Jenise L. Williams, a sophomore at the Chicago Academy of Advance Technology (CAT) got attacked in the hallway by two or three juniors wielding locks wrapped in socks. Was it because she stepped on someone's shoe? Bumped into them? A dirty look? No.
The girls attacked her because she said something about a boy on Facebook.
“The girls who jumped on me commented on my status saying I was a ho," says Williams. Soon after, the fight was trending on twitter.
What was actually said hasn't been found out, but whatever it was, it looks like somebody didn't appreciate it.
The school has suspended everyone involved in the fight, including Williams. She was just getting back from another suspension for fighting the day that this incident happened.
The incident has raised concerns in the school about the presence of cyber-bullying and how they can stop it. These days, teacher and student interaction usually stops in the classroom and doesn't carry over into the online world.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t see any warning signs and didn’t have a heads-up that tensions were high. It was a surprise to us,” says Matt Hancock, the school’s executive director.
Williams wishes that she could just go to school in peace.
“I only fight if I have to, but they want to pick on me like I am supposed to be lame or something,” she said. “I was bringing all my grades up. I was encouraged and thinking I could bring up the rest of my grades so my mama could be impressed. But after one fight, it was another. I know I have straight Fs now, being at home. It’s not fun.”
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