A girl who claims she was lashing out at her bully when she punched a fellow student in the head repeatedly has been put on probation.
The girl’s defence lawyer said his 14-year-old client and the victim had been foes since kindergarten and the victim had been bullying the girl.
“She’d had enough and decided to take action,” Philip Sieklicki said.
The girl “took action” on Nov. 19.
Crown attorney Yaso Mathu said a girl was in the lunch room at Crocus Plains high school when the accused walked up.
She repeatedly yelled, “You’re a liar, you’re talking s--t” at the victim and punched her in the side of the head three times.
The victim wasn’t seriously injured.
About 50 students witnessed the assault which was caught on video surveillance.
Sieklicki said the angry teen had heard a rumour that the victim had made a derogatory remark about her —something about being in an assisted living class.
The attacker was charged with assault and pleaded guilty on Monday.
While pending on the assault charge, she’d been banned from the high school and she’s also suspended.
Court heard that she suffers from depression and may have bipolar disorder. She’s now taking medication which has helped, Sieklicki said.
The girl was also in trouble for failing to complete community service work — part of a prior sentence for assault and uttering threats — and for breaching a court-ordered curfew.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta put the girl on strict probation for a year and ordered her to give the victim an apology.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 10, 2013