ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - High School fights are fairly common and they don't usually lead to criminal charges, but a very one-sided fight at a school bus stop could spell big trouble for a 14-year-old girl.
The fight happened in mid-September at a Del Norte High School bus stop near Carlisle and Comanche Northeast.
While only two Del Norte High School students were involved, others were there and they filmed the fight with cellphones.
"The aggressor clearly beating on the victim, victim attempting to try and defend herself but is being over-powered by the aggressor, you see a rock being thrown," said Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez of New Mexico State Police.
According to State Police, the victim, a 15-year-old girl, and her mother reported the fight to officers.
Gutierrez said the victim was attacked by a fellow student, a 14-year-old, after getting off the bus.
After talking with both girls, witnesses and reviewing the cellphone video, State Police are recommending the 14-year-old be charged with aggravated battery.
"You have the evidence here. You have evidence on the victim obviously being a victim of battery. So when you have that added together, you do have a crime," Gutierrez said.
In the police report, the suspect admitted to officers she did start the fight but claims she only did it because the two had exchanged words while getting off the bus the day before.
She said the victim was the one who said they should fight the next day.
Reached by phone Tuesday night, the suspect's mom said her daughter continued to receive threats from the victim into the evening.
The suspect told police she was scared the victim and her friends would attack her so she threw the first punch.
State Police say the suspect made a bad situation worse though when she showed up to school the next day.
"The aggressor in the video took a knife to school, to Del Norte High School. APS police actually arrested her for having that on her. The reason [the knife] was taken she stated is due to fear of retaliation," Gutierrez said.
The case has been turned over to the DA's office it will be up to them to decide if the teen should be charged.
The suspect's mom told News 13 her daughter knows she made some bad decisions and that she will have to deal with the consequences as a result.
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