NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A violent video posted on Facebook showing two girls fighting Tuesday on Willow Avenue in Niagara Falls quickly gained the attention of police.
However, it wasn’t for what the girls are doing, but for the alleged actions of one of the girl’s mothers.
Lt. Michael Trane said, “She actually smacks her daughter around and tells her she has to fight or she’s going to beat her for not fighting.”
The mother, 34-year-old Eula McCray, was arrested Thursday after the video made its way to police. Lt. Trane said McCray not only forced her daughter to fight but also gathered a crowd to watch.
But on Friday, the 14-year-old girl told News 4 the video shows the result of months of bullying that she endured.
She explained, “They came walking up and down the street for like a half hour. They were yelling my name saying they wanted to fight.”
She told News 4 she wanted to fight the other teen.
“At first I was going to fight her until my mom thought I wasn’t going to fight her but I really was going to,” she said.
Her neighbor, Tanesha Harris-Marks, said, “Every day a gang of girls come on this street and try to jump on her daughter, every day, and her daughter runs.”
The McCrays say they’ve talked to police about the bullying issues, but Lt. Trane said they don’t have anything on record.
“If that is going on, we supervise the juvenile division as well and we would have the detectives look into that as well. We clearly don’t want this girl to be bullied by anyone, not her mother or other students,” said Lt. Trane.
The girl said she felt she did what she had to do.
“The parents didn’t care and then the police couldn’t do anything so I had to solve it the hardest and most violent way there was,” she said.
Neither girl was hurt. McCray is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and menacing in the third degree. Both are misdemeanors.
The mother of the other girl in the video also spoke with News 4. She denied that her daughter was involved with any bullying.