KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A mother says her family has been living in fear ever since she called police about a group of teenagers who attacked her son who has special needs.
The beating happened near Westheight Park.
A 14-year-old boy whose mom only wants to identify him as Richard says her son has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and also suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.
A video posted on Facebook shows a 15-year-old girl beating Richard last week in what his mom calls a staged fight. Kym-Berly Barrera claims a group of teens in the neighborhood sets up fights to record and post on Facebook as part of a so-called neighborhood fight club.
When Barrera confronted the teens about setting up Richard, they attacked her, beating and cutting her face with a multi-tool.
"This 14-, 15-, 16-year-old girl just kept cursing and screaming in my face," Barrera said. "I told her, 'Maybe you should call your mother, because I'm going to call the police.' The next thing I know she's pushing me and punching me and the other three jumped on me. It ended with several neighbors and bystanders stopping and pulling them off of me."
Police did arrest three of the teens after they attacked Barrera. They face battery charges. When video surfaced of the attack on Richard, one girl also may face a battery charge in that incident.
But since the arrests, Barrera says the teens have confronted her or her children on four separate occasions: making threats, blocking their path and intimidating the family by screaming in their home's windows. Barrera says she now has a gun to protect her family.
KCK police tell FOX 4 that the case has been sent to its internal affairs unit to look into how officers responded. The detective bureau is making sure that all charges that can be filed, will be filed.