INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 17-year-old teen accused of beating up a teenage girl at Northwest High School pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Marion County Juvenile Court had a pretrial hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. However that hearing soon turned into a plea agreement.
Cellphone video captured the incident that happened in early May. The video was posted on YouTube before being brought to police attention.
A teenage girl is seen on camera stopping in the middle of the hallway as she is confronted by a fellow classmate. The teen appears to throw the first punch, pushing her against the lockers as she quickly falls to the ground.
Moments later, he could be seen hovering over her throwing more punches. A teacher could be heard yelling in the background for them to stop.
A 17-year old plead guilty to one count of battery.
According to the boy’s attorney, teen had been the victim of repeated harassment from bullies in school. Despite the harassment,prosecutors filed charges based on the violent nature of the attacks.
The boy’s dad and mom left the courtroom without commenting on the case
The teen will be sentenced on June 5.
On Thursday evening Indianapolis Public Schools will vote on a new policy. That would allow teachers to stop a fight that could arm the students. Many parents voiced concerns after the incident saying teachers should have stepped in to break up the fight.