Wayland teens fight

I just read this article on Wood TV 8 about two freshman girls in Wayland who beat up another freshman girl (on film) on the last day of school. Why? Because she believes in gay rights, and they didn’t like it. What’s worse, they don’t see anything wrong with what they did.

As sad as this event is, it just shows the the ugly underbelly that still exists in this country. Gay bashing is still pretty well accepted, in the media and through course jokes between people. I was just watching MASH last night, and on it there was several gay jokes in one episode. It was clear that making a reference to being gay was a joke.

You know, even if you aren’t a supporter of the whole GLBQT community, it is still damaging, cruel and wrong to make another person feel humiliated about their life, and should be against the law to fight someone because of it.

Freshmen girls fight may bring charges

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A still frame showing the fight in progress
A still frame showing the fight in progress

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By Emily Zangaro

WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — As Wayland Union High School students cleaned out their lockers on the last day of school, a fight between three freshmen girls erupted, leaving one girl with facial injuries.

Wayland Police told 24 Hour News 8 the fight happened after fourth period Tuesday, and they’ve interviewed two suspects plus the victim, who was a new student this year at Wayland Union High.

The fight was clearly premeditated. In surveillance video, police told 24 Hour News 8 the suspects are seen pulling back their hair and getting ready. It’s also clear they say other people knew about the attack because of the number of people who were congregated around watching the fight.

Marina Niemchick said her daughter witnessed the fight. “Disturbing is a really good word for it,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

Her daughter “said one of the girls had come in and changed her clothes and was putting her hair up in a pony tail and taking all of her jewelry off. She heard rumors going around that she was getting ready to start a fight.”

“It was a pretty vicious attack on the one gal. She didn’t know it was coming,” Wayland Police Chief Dan Miller said. “She obviously went down to the floor very quick and tried to fend off her attackers.”

The suspects told police the girl was a gay-rights advocate and that she was trying to impose her views on them. They didn’t like it, and they told police they didn’t see anything wrong with what they did.

The fact they don’t see anything wrong with it upsets parents like Niemchick.  “To find out that you have a bunch of 15-year-old children now that are taking that kind of violent action against somebody for believing that people have a right to be the way they are is really scary.”

The victim did not know the fight was coming. An ambulance came to the school and treated her for her injuries.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Wayland school district said they take “this action very seriously and will take appropriate action. Based upon the District’s investigation, those involved could be brought before the Board of Education with a possible recommendation for expulsion. An incident, such as this, is not acceptable behavior on the part of our students and is not representative of our student body.”

The police investigation continues, and aggravated assault charges and hate crime charges are possible.

24 Hour News 8 will have more information as soon as possible.

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