WILKINSBURG (KDKA) – A 14-year-old middle school student in Wilkinsburg who was reportedly going to face charges after video of a fight in a boy’s bathroom is now wanted.
The victim, a 13-year-old boy, is seen in the video being kicked and punched and showing no resistance.
The victim’s mother, Nickole Whitfield, tells KDKA her son has been repeatedly bullied by the other boy for a few weeks and in fact another time just this week.
“As a parent, I feel like I let him down because I wasn’t there to help him,” Whitfield said.
Also, Whitfield says her son would like to return to school on Friday, but is not sure if he will.
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According to a report done by the Commonwealth Foundation, Wilkinsburg High School is one of the most violent high schools in the state. The report says there are 80 incidents of violence per 100 students at the school, based off of information from the 2010-11 school year.
Whitfield says she wants to know why no one helped her son.
“You didn’t notice that my son and four other students were missing for approximately 15-20 minutes?” Whitfield asked.
The accused teen was expected to face charges Friday, which the victim’s mother said she was happy about Thursday.
But during a press conference Friday morning, police said little about the investigation and did not say they had pressed charges.
School officials did say the accused teen is not in school, but did not specify if he is on suspension or bring reprimanded in any way.
“It is heinous and should be dealt with and will be dealt with, in the way it should be dealt with in conjunction with the police department,” Wilkinsburg School Superintendent Archie Perrin said.
However, as of Friday afternoon, police said they issued an arrest warrant for the teen, who will be taken to the Wilkinsburg Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.
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