7th grade student afraid to go back to Smith-Hale after she says kids, adults attacked her

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Facebook post led to a school fight involving children and adults at Smith-Hale Middle School. One girl posted something, another girl thought it was about her and responded, which led to instant messages and threats.

The victim said she didn’t really take the threats seriously until Tuesday, when she was attacked during school. Seventh grade student Brianne, who does not want to use her last name, says he does not want to go back to school.

"Because I think it's going to happen again," she said.

The 12-year-old said she was walking outside the school with a teacher, just before classes ended, when she was attacked by her classmate who made the Facebook post, and a sixth grader from another school.

"We had came from the track, and was walking up and her and her family came out of the car and started walking up on me," Brianne explained.

Brianne said her attackers were with two adults who she thought would do what adults are supposed to do.

"They were supposed to help me, and they came to hurt me like what she was doing. They, (the adults), came in behind her and they just grabbed my hair and pulled my face down and all just started kicking my face," Brianne said.

After school security and bus drivers pulled everyone apart, Brianne’s mother, Jennifer, got a call to get to the school right away.

"I'm seeing all these marks on her face, I'm seeing her lip bleeding, she's shaking in fear. And I wasn't there to protect her," Jennifer said.

Along with a split lip, Brianne suffered a swollen face, scraped leg, bruised back, and a shoe print on her arm from being kicked.

"I don’t understand why an adult would feel that it's okay to participate in a crime," Jennifer said.

The two girls were arrested and police are still investigating the incident. A Smith-Hale teacher was also injured trying to break up the fight.

A spokesperson for the Hickman Mills School District confirmed the attack and issued this statement:

"During dismissal on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 3:25, 3 students were involved a physical altercation. This altercation unfortunately involved a family member of one of the students and a teacher.  No one was seriously hurt and the students were disciplined in accordance with the HMC-1 student policy handbook."

The district wouldn't go into details, but students say the punishment involved in-school and out-of-school suspension.
For now, Brianne’s mother says her daughter’s future at Smith-Hale is up in the air.

"I don't plan to send her back to school until I know for sure that her safety is going to be number one, and they are going to be able to escort her to and from her classes until this dies out," she said.

Jennifer is not only worried about what the children might do to Brianne, but the adults as well.

"They had that plan. They had took another student out of school that didn't even go to that school, had her in the car and took the girl that was going to fight my daughter out of school early, and they sit in their vehicle and they waited until school let out with the intention to harm my daughter," she said.

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