A 16-year-old girl from Rock Hill, South Carolina, was beaten up outside of her school bus stop on Thursday. According to the victim, who is African American, she was attacked for acting "too much like a white person.”
The unnamed victim told police she has had trouble with the attacker for over a year now. On the day she was beaten, the victim says her attacker taunted her and challenged her to fight. The girl repeatedly refused. When the two girls got off of the bus, the attacker knocked the girl to the ground and punched her numerous times.
After the attack, the victim went to the home of Shelly Hemphill – the mother of one of the victim’s good friends. Hemphill called an ambulance, and the victim was taken to the hospital. There, she was treated for several injuries, including a deep gash above her right eye.
Hemphill says this isn’t the first time the victim has had issues with the attacker.
“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” Hemphill said. “It was so bad last year they had to have a police car here when the bus let out.”
In an interview with police, the victim self-identified as a “light-skinned black female” and said her assailant, who is also black, bullies her over her appearance and demeanor.
Police are describing the attack as a case of assault, battery and disorderly conduct. They have not yet been able to find the assailant.