A teenage girl in Harris County, Texas, was charged Thursday in connection with a violent assault of Cypress Creek High senior Shamichael Manuel, 17, that was captured on video.
Police arrested the 16-year-old girl, who goes by the name “Sharkeisha,” seen in the graphic video punching and kicking her classmate outside of an apartment complex in northwest Harris County.
Anti-bullying groups and other organizations are not too happy about Sharkeisha remaining a popular subject across the Internet, as well as how many people watch and share the video, according to The Hollywood Gossip.
“These actions illustrate the thousands of young people who have taken a part in an attack on an innocent young woman and the images posted on the internet,” Peter Bradley, director of services for Kidscape, told the Epoch Times.
Sharkeisha was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault.
The victim's family tells KHOU.com that they are sad it had to come to this, but that they forgive the girl. They also hope police arrest the other girl who videotaped the assault on criminal charges.
A girl named Sharkeisha became a viral hit overnight, after a now banned video of her emerged beating a girl named Shay to the ground.
The video was initially posted to Instagram and quickly went viral on Twitter.
The video begins with Sharkeisha approaching Shay, and a female voice off camera that said: “You know what you did, Shay.”
Sharkeisha proceeded to push Shay to the ground and kick her head. Friends quickly ran to pull Sharkeisha off of Shay as Sharkeisha began to scream about an issue involving a boy.
Twitter responded in a storm of Sharkeisha memes.
“Oakland Raiders have signed free agent kicker: Sharkeisha White.” JoshYanez86 tweeted. “She starts Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.”
A Twitter user by the name of Queen Sharkeisha has claimed the identity of the viral video star, and says she got more than 400 followers the night the video went viral.
The girl now has her own Urban Dictionary entry, which reads: “Verb. 1. To Punch The Soul From Another Being’s Body.”
The International Business Times has collected a number of unconfirmed facts about Sharkeisha including that she was arrested and released on $500 bond and that she is at the center of a suicide case.