Mother of Attacked Palo Verde Teen Speaks Out - 8 News NOW

Mother of Attacked Palo Verde Teen Speaks Out

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LAS VEGAS -- A day at Palo Verde High School became anything but normal for one valley teen Tuesday. The 15-year-old student was attacked on school property, and video of the incident was posted online.

While the girl's mother, Lucia Rojas, asked 8 News NOW to keep her daughter's identity anonymous, Rojas agreed to tell her daughter's story to prevent another attack from happening.

The video shows the 15-year-old girl being slapped, beaten, and thrown to the ground. The victim said she doesn't know her attacker.

"It's devastating to see your child in that position," Rojas said. "They have no communication and never spoke at all."

The attack generated conversations on social media. The teen's uncle shared pictures on Twitter that apparently show what the attacker posted online.

The incident calls into question a new Nevada law that took effect October 1. It states children who post pictures or videos of other kids being bullied could face expulsion from school or wind up in juvenile detention for repeat offenses.

Rojas said instead of facing consequences, some Palo Verde students are rallying around the attacker.

"There was camaraderie of children that decided that, you know, if she (the attacker) got in trouble, we're going to retaliate, or they were congratulating her and making light of a very serious situation," Rojas said.

Rojas said her daughter didn't go to school Wednesday for fear of being further bullied. Rojas has spoken with the dean at Palo Verde and filed a police report with Metro Police.

The high school did not respond to 8 News NOW's request for comment. Clark County School District Press Secretary Melinda Malone, meanwhile, said in a statement, "The school and CCSDPD are aware of the matter and are conducting an investigation."

The Clark County School District added, "Any student who captures photos or video of an assault on campus, on a bus or during school activity should immediately turn the footage over to a teacher, school administrator or police."

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