MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cell phones were rolling on a violent brawl involving Homestead middle school girls after school just feet away from school property. But it was anything other than a fair fight.
A girl in pink shorts throws the first punch at 14-year-old Angelina Padron. Padron fights back. That’s when the girl’s friends jump in. They punch, kick and at one point drag Padron by her hair into the street.
The fight is only broken up when a shirtless man from the neighborhood steps in to pick her up.
The situation involving the girls is so tense, a relative of Angelina’s speaking out about the incident did not want to be identified.
“(The video) makes you want to go hurt somebody but you can’t,” he told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.
He says Angelina and her mother immediately reported the fight to Miami-Dade School Police and are pressing charges. The girls were suspended, as was Angelina.
“The principal actually suspended her saying she participated. She should’ve got on the ground and balled up in a ball. When she was on the ground they were kicking her in the head and stomping on her,” he said.
A district spokesperson says her suspension was later overturned, but Angelina’s family wants much more than that.
“The girls didn’t even get kicked out of school, they’re still in school when they said they would kick them out,” said the relative.
The District spokesperson denies that the principal made that promise.
Angelina’s relative believes the school was too easy on the girls, who he says are the same girls posting messages on Facebook identifying themselves as a member of a gang and throwing up signs.
One of their pages boasts, “Me and my sisters don’t know what a one on one is 100 percent. Even if my sister beating life out of somebody, I ain’t gonna watch, I’m gonna beat the life out of that (expletive) too. That’s how we’re raised.”
The incident appears to be bigger than the brawl next to the school.
According to a police report, the mother of one of the girls that was beating up Angelina in that video threatened Angelina’s mother three different times if she pressed charges against her daughter. Angelina’s mother captured cell phone video of one of those alleged threats.
Florida City police say an arrest of that girl’s mother is pending.
A month after the attack on Angelina, someone broke the windows of her home.
“They went over there, they broke the windows, they tried to pry the window open. The police have been called multiple times,” said Angelina’s relative.
One of the girls who he says was part of the videotaped attack on Angelina, later bragged on Facebook about breaking a girl’s windows. Angelina’s family is now trying to save enough money to move.
In the meantime, they feel the school district and police are not doing enough to help them.
“The system is broken,” the relative said.
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