New York, NY – A shocking video showing two teenaged girls brawling while their mothers urged them on was posted on Facebook, outraging many. One of the girls’ Union City, Ind. mothers spoke about the incident Friday, after being charged with felony neglect due to the fight.
Brandy Mills, 33, spoke to HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell via telephone about the fight, saying “…I guess, would be I should have thought before I reacted.”
Also charged was Teresa Mendenhall, the mother of the other teenaged girl seen fighting in the vide.
When asked by Velez-Mitchell exactly what transpired, Mills replied, “…it was bullying. It was flat-out bullying an 11-year- old, my 11-year-old daughter, over Facebook… over… cell- phone texting… the bullying just kept happening, and… they would call my house, bullying, and… they was bringing adult people that I know their names of… saying, you know, if the little 11-year-old wants to run her mouth, then she can back it up, and she will get jumped.”
Velez-Mitchell then clarified Mills’ statement asking if she meant that her 16-year-old daughter had gotten into a fight with the 17-year-old on video to stand up for her 11-year-old sister.
“Yes, she was bullying her along with her,” answered Mills. “I guess her little clique that she runs around with. Three of her friends and then two adults… was bullying my 11-year-old…”
Velez-Mitchell then inquired about Mills’ encouraging her daughter as the fight occurred, saying, “…during the fight, you can be heard telling your 16-year-old daughter, ‘Get her down. Knee her.’ You didn`t just want to solve this bullying issue. You were encouraging your 16-year-old daughter to physically assault this 17-year-old girl. What were you thinking?”
Mills said, “Right then and there, to be honest with you, I wasn’t thinking. I came there to talk to the mother and, you know, I walked straight to her. She literally flipped me off, you know, called me the ‘B’ word, and would not speak to me about the situation… the little clique, not the girl that my daughter fought, but there was another girl there that was bullying – that was one of the bulliers was there starting stuff, running her mouth…”
She added, “…they started fighting, getting head to head. When I snapped was when that girl bit my daughter’s arm, and I looked over and seen, you know, it was a substantial bite.”
Defense attorney Joey Jackson chimed in on the matter saying, “…sometimes wiser minds do not prevail. And this was a mother who had it. I’m not justifying her conduct, but I don’t want to condemn her either… Her child is getting bullied. She’s obviously frustrated. I believe she’s indicating that she went there with the intention of speaking to the mother, trying to resolve it. Her 11-year-old is in some danger because this clique is against her. And she had just had it, and she just snapped.”
He continued, “So we’re never as bad as we are on our worst day or as good as we are on our best day. She has no criminal history, no criminal record. It shouldn’t have happened. She should have exercised the judgment… She didn`t, but we shouldn’t condemn her to the end of the universe. We should try to resolve it.”
Velez-Mitchell also welcomed Union City, Ind. Police Capt. William Bradbury to the show, by stating, “This lady who’s on the phone with us… she’s charged with a felony, as is the other mother. And the poor kids, they’re facing problems, sir…”
Via telephone, Capt. Bradbury said, “Yes, ma’am… we’re sending charges to the prosecutor’s office for disorderly conduct, for the fighting in public.”
Mills said, “…I humiliated myself… I should have did something to step in to stop it… I’m sorry. I’m just speechless right now… I just wish to God it would never have got to that… if I could take it all back, things would have been… different. I guarantee you that.”
Author of ‘Good Enough Mother,’ Rene Syler, also appeared on the show and said, “…I have to give credit to Brandy for coming on, but your child as a parent is to give your child the tools they need to have a successful and happy, healthy adulthood. This teaching kids how to fight out their conflicts is not one of those ways… if your child is being bullied. But you don’t go out there and… end up, you know, cheering on your daughter when she’s being hurt. That goes counter to… what our instincts are. We’re supposed to protect our children.”
Velez-Mitchell the spoke about those who watched the fight saying, “…apparently, 20 people stood by… my understanding is nobody called 911.”
Mills spoke again about the incident, saying, “I know I made a mistake. You know… I have five children and tackling that, health problems and then this… I know I made a mistake. I knew I made a mistake when I was trying to talk to the parent as it was over. I tried to talk to her and she wouldn’t talk to me… I take responsibility for everything I’ve done.”
Velez-Mitchell noted, “I hear you still trying to justify and rationalize… Just like we alcoholics, when we’re in our disease, justify and rationalize our behavior…”
She then asked, “…quickly, how is your daughter doing after this fight? Was she hurt? Is she emotionally damaged?”
Mills answered, “…I don’t think she’s emotionally damaged… I’ve already asked her if she needed to talk to a counselor, and I’ve already asked my 11-year-old if she needed to talk to a counselor.”
Velez-Mitchell told her, “Eleven- and 13- and 16-year-olds aren’t the ones to make the best determination as to whether they need to talk to a counselor. I think you need family therapy. The whole bunch of you, you and all your kids, get together and start talking about what’s really going on.”
To watch the a Fox News report, including footage of the fight, click here.
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