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(Dec. 10) — Her choppy blue-and-blond hair hiding the fear in her eyes, a 15 year-old voiced her dislike for a hip-hop music group and got punched in the face by a classmate. The whole thing was caught on tape, and social media helped police in their investigation.
A crowd of six to 10 classmates were following the self-described emo girl and her boyfriend home from school in Newark, Ohio, on an autumn day in September. Some kids were taping it and others were egging on the assailant, who was on the school wrestling team. It all started because Alexis Xanders doesn’t like Insane Clown Posse.
One of the students who recorded the incident contacted Xanders on MySpace and sent her the video two months later. The teen says she wanted something done, so she uploaded the video to YouTube and CNN iReport last week.
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When Xanders posted the video to CNN iReport, she wanted something to happen, but she didn’t expect to see a detective at her door the next day.
“Someone did see it and sent it to a detective. I didn’t think anything would actually happen with all of this because it happens all the time,” the high school freshman told CNN. The mother of the teen suspect could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Xanders says the suspect hasn’t liked her since fifth grade, when the harassment allegedly started. “I don’t really know why. She just never liked me,” she said.
“They would wait for me every day after school. … I didn’t go to school the day before. They were in a big huge group, waiting and stuff. Once all of my friends were walking, we’d have five or six people, but that day it was only me and [my boyfriend], she did something.”