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Garland High School Attack Videotaped

Fifteen-year-old victim says she has been bullied for past year



    A Garland teenager faces criminal assaults charges in the beating of a 15-year-old girl that was posted on YouTube last week.

    The Garland High School student accused of attacking the girl was suspended.

    The victim, Patty Fabian, said no one tried to help her during the Oct. 25 attack. She sustained black eyes and a broken a nose.

    "I kind of just felt helpless,” she said.

    Garland Beating Victim Afraid for Safety

    [DFW] Garland Beating Victim Afraid for Safety
    A Garland High School girl who the victim of a beating on campus that was posted to YouTube says she's worried about her safety.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011)

    She needs surgery for her broken nose.

    Fabian said she would rather stay home than go back to school, saying she has been bullied for the past year.

    "I was feeling a bit scared, because I didn't know if the [other] friends were going to jump in, because there was a whole group surrounding me. ... I was alone," she said.

    Her mother, Gracie Fabian, said she wants to pull her daughter, who is a sophomore, out of school.

    "I don't feel that she is being protected at school," she said. "They're still bothering her, they're still calling her names, and I don't think that the school can protect her at all."

    The school district said it would step up its anti-bullying campaign from one day to one week.

    "We will continue to increase security measures,” Chris Moore said. “We will continue looking at things and making sure we are doing everything we can to maintain the environment as safe as we can."

    Garland police initially issued the teenager accused in the attack a Class C misdemeanor assault citation, which requires an appearance in court.

    On Thursday, the department upgraded the charge to Class A misdemeanor assault, which is punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail.

    "We take it very seriously," Officer Joe Harn said. "That's why we filed the charges that day, and we'll let the court handle it."