Girl, mom: School district not taking needed action after fight

Girl, mom: School district not taking needed action after fight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A fight between two Bakersfield High School students Tuesday was recorded on cellphone video. It was uploaded to Facebook that evening and has since received more than 700 likes and more than 200 comments.
 
One of the teen girls involved in the altercation said Wednesday that it was bullying that led to the fight, and now, because the fight was captured on video and uploaded online, she said she is now also the victim of cyber bullying.
 
“I know when they are in person and stuff they won't say it. They feel bigger when it's by a computer. I know they won’t say those rude things to my face,” said Vanessa First, who is seen wearing a white shirt in the fight video.
 
First claimed the girl in the black began bullying her before she unexpectedly hit her in the face. First said she is upset, because the bullying has gotten worse online.
 
“People know me ,and I don't even know them, and they just talk about me. I just feel like, why doesn't anyone give me a chance?" First said after reading online comments associated with the fight video.
 
"It's really hard as a parent to watch your child suffer and not be able to do anything,” said the girl's mother, Samantha First.
 
First's mother said she found out about the fight after her daughter didn't return home on time.
 
"I was not notified about it, I found out through my son an hour and a half later,” said Samantha First. "They should have called me, they should have called first-aid. There was no nurse that took a look at her."
 
Samantha First has asked the Kern School District Police to press charges against the other girl.
 
"He told me that if I decide to press charges that I better beware because my daughter is going to be arrested first thing. I said, ‘Why would she get arrest if she got attacked?’ And he said, ‘Well, that's just the way it is. If you want to press charges let me know, and I’ll make an appointment to arrest her,’" described Samantha First.
 
The mother is now scared for her daughter and doesn't believe the school district is doing enough to protect students from bullies.
 
Eyewitness News reached out Wednesday to the school district, district police, and BHS multiple times, as well. No one was available for comment.
 
"I can't go out there and beat them up for her. So, I go to the adults that are supposed to help her. And they're not doing anything either. What am I supposed to do?" the mother said.
 
Eyewitness News checked the parent handbook on the district website, which states all district schools have a zero-tolerance policy for fighting.