Missouri girl in critical condition after video shows teen hitting her head in ‘deranged display of violence’

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By journalsofus.com

A fight involving numerous people left a Missouri girl hospitalized in critical condition after what officials are calling a “deranged display of violence.”

St. Louis County Police Department detectives are investigating the March 8 fight, which was captured on video and posted on social media.

The horrifying video shows several people fighting in the middle of the street near the intersection of Norgate Drive and Claudine Drive. One person is seen repeatedly punching the victim and hitting his head on the ground.

According to authorities, a 15-year-old girl was arrested a day after the fight on assault charges.

Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis.  (Google)

Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis. (Google)

St. Louis County police said the fight occurred around 2:32 p.m. on March 8 near Hazelwood East High School. When officers arrived they found the victim “suffering a serious head injury,” authorities said in a statement. Facebook post from March 11.

The victim was taken to the hospital “where he remains in critical condition,” police said. Her identity has not been revealed. A spokesperson for the family could not be reached for comment.

The Hazelwood School District released a statement about the March 9 incident.

“It is a tragedy any time children are hurt. Bullying and fighting in the community is a problem that we must all take responsibility for and work to find a solution for the sake of our children,” the district said. “The Hazelwood School District offers our sincere condolences to everyone involved and will offer additional emotional support from our crisis and support team to those who need it.”

Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor saying the fight was “disgusting” and the video was “hard to watch.”

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey called the actions in the video a “deranged display of violence that must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

“This vicious attack highlights the biggest problems we face in the juvenile justice system across the state. I will continue to fight for more resources, increased juvenile certifications and a tougher approach to crime than our current levels of law enforcement,” he said . in a post on x.

“This culture of violence has no place in Missouri or anywhere else,” Bialey said. “Children deserve to attend schools free of crime and violence.”

Police said the fight remains under investigation.

This article was originally published in NBCNews.com

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