When a brutal video of a Philadelphia teen being beaten in her high school’s bathroom by four classmates made its way around the Internet last week, it was shocking to say the least. But the victim isn’t afraid to share the video…and put out a message about bullying.
Mia DeJesus, 16, was at school on January 27 when she went into the bathroom. Four girls followed her inside, locked the door, and viciously beat her until she was unconscious. They also filmed the entire incident then posted it online to make fun of her.
“When I saw it, I was embarrassed because people were reposting and laughing about it. It just messed me up in my head,” DeJesus told 6ABC Action News.
Instead of letting the bullies think this was funny for some reason, Mia and her mother Melinda reposted the video with a message about bullying.
“Let’s make a positive out of it and let’s show what cowards that they are. They’re not Instagram famous. Now they’re famous for being cowards,” Melinda said.
Watch Mia’s video below.
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Although the four girls in the video were suspended and one is being investigated for aggravated assault, the school isn’t considering the act bullying.
Philadelphia School District spokeswoman Raven Hill says, “We do not condone this behavior and appropriate action was taken against the four students…We would not characterize this as bullying, but rather a neighborhood dispute that spilled over in the school building.”
“You know what, four on one is bullying. I don’t care what you say, four on one is bullying,” Melinda said.