STO ROX, Pa. - A mother is upset after a video was posted on YouTube that shows her 17-year-old daughter being attacked by a girl she goes to school with.
Carolyn Shearer told Channel 11’s Timyka Artist that she’s concerned for her two daughters’ well-being because they’ve been attacked at least three times recently.
According to police, the attack that appeared on YouTube happened on the weekend, off of school property. The eighth-grade girl accused of assaulting Shearer’s daughter Kiersten Thornton is scheduled to appear in court on June 10.
Thornton was hit repeatedly with a sock full of rocks while other girls cheered despite her cries for help.
“It's very difficult to watch that and hear her screaming. You can hear the rocks hitting off of her,” said Shearer.
The attack resulted in bruises and scratches on Thornton’s face and head.
Thornton said that she stopped at a gas station on her way to visit a relative when the group of girls surrounded her and attacked her. One of the girls recorded the attack on her cellphone.
Thornton said that a couple of days prior to the attack, one of the girls in the group called her the B-word on Facebook, to which she responded in the same manner.
Sto Rox High School Principal Heath Bailey said the school is aware of the incident and has taken necessary measures.
"Our school district does not condone violence. Although no incidents were inside our building, we have separated the young ladies and issued progressive discipline as per our student code of conduct," Bailey said.
Shearer said she’s still worried about her daughters while they walk to and from school.
“She could have been killed,” she said.
At least one of the girls involved in the attack is facing assault charges.