ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - From the bus stop to Facebook video of two Albuquerque middle schoolers duking it out has parents of both kids speaking out.
A neighbor who saw it happen claims the mother of one girl stood and watched not stepping in until the other was badly hurt.
“They got off the bus. My brother said there was going to be a fight,” Martha Gutierrez said.
And that's exactly what happened last Friday.
The two girls seen in a cell phone video are just 13. Both attend Garfield Middle School.
The fight found its way to Facebook, and that's where Andrew Perea, the father of the girl taking most of the hits, spotted it and took it to police.
Perea says he was told there's nothing police can do because the fight appears to be mutual, but Perea disagrees.
“I believe in my heart and watching this video that my daughter was the victim and other girl was the aggressor,” Perea said.
Perea says his daughter tries to defend herself in the video and doesn't want to fight.
The mother of the other girl says it was her daughter who was being bullied for two weeks leading up the brawl.
“As soon as I showed up to the fight and they were fighting, I stopped it,” Valerie Griego said.
That's another part where the stories differ
One witness told KRQE News 13 that Griego watched the whole thing and let it go on for nearly one minute.
“The little girl kicked the other little girl in the face and spit on her, and the others kids were like 'that’s messed up.' and the mom was like, ‘I don't care. She was protecting herself. This girl got what she deserved,”' Gutierrez said.
Griego steps in and yells at the girls to stop just before the video ends.
“She shouldn't have to come to the point to where she's being bullied enough to be in a fist fight with another girl,” Griego said.
Perea says his daughter fears going back to school.
“Right now, she's kind of hesitant to go back, and I don't blame her,” Perea said. “I wouldn't want to face that either.”
Both of the girls and two people who recorded the fight were suspended for three days.
Perea's daughter was treated at a hospital for multiple cuts and bruises. He says a brain scan showed no bleeding.
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