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CAUGHT ON CAM: Teen Charged With Assault After Middle School Fight

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A fight at Mifflin Middle School is caught on camera, and now a student is charged with assault. A fight at Mifflin Middle School is caught on camera, and now a student is charged with assault.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

A Columbus middle school student is charged with assault after a fight at the school that was caught on camera.

Renee Williams, 12, said bullying began when she started at Mifflin Middle School in March. She claimed that on her first day as a 6th-grade student, a substitute teacher made fun of her, so she reported it to school officials.

In turn, she said, her classmates tortured her by stealing her school supplies and cell phone.

She said the situation escalated Tuesday.

Amber Williams said her daughter Renee was sitting in class when a student told another girl to hit Renee.

According to cell phone video taken from the class, the fight began when a girl pulled Renee's hair. In the video, which was posted to Facebook, Renee pushed the girl off, but she then began punching Renee.

Renee said the teacher told the other girl to stop, but she didn't.

"She was like, 'Did you snitch on me?' And I was like, 'I don't even know what's going on.' And all of a sudden she starts pulling my hair," Renee said. "I hit her back and that's when she started to swing on me."

A different substitute teacher is heard on the video, trying to gain control of the class, but Williams said that wasn't enough.

"How could a teacher? A substitute teacher couldn't defend my baby while the little girl was on top of my daughter pounding her back," Williams said.

Columbus City Schools spokesman Jeff Warner said the teen who started the fight is facing a juvenile charge of assault.

Renee said that after the fight, she received threats, prompting her to stay home from her last day of school Thursday.

Warner said the school has an anti-violence campaign, called Never Accept Bullying.

According to Warner, the district has taken disciplinary measures against the girl who allegedly assaulted Renee, and the girl who videotaped it.

Warner said the class was under the supervision of a substitute teacher, who was removed from the classroom and placed on a do not call list.

"It's disappointing this girl would do this," Warner said. "Columbus City Schools is not going to tolerate this behavior on the students' part or the teacher. We feel terrible for what happened to the young lady. She was a victim in this."

Warner said the district tried to file charges against the girl who videotaped the fight, but that police said they didn't have sufficient cause.

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