Teen fight viewed 11 million times online, but no charges yet

Officials are conducting their investigation, but the victim's mother wants faster action
December 3, 2013 3:27:38 PM PST
What happened between two local high school students has been seen across the country -- even parodied -- but the mother of the alleged victim isn't laughing at all, and she wants to know why the girl who appears to attack her daughter hasn't been charged yet.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the case, but that officials are on no particular timeline. And that's not good enough for a mother who wants her daughter back in school.

This video has been viewed more than 11million times online. In it you see two Cypress Creek High School students -- a 16-year-old girl hitting and kicking Shamichael Manuel, 17 -- in front of a crowd of spectators.

"It was a lot of people, like, four girls with their phones out, and I don't know how many other people it was," Shamichael recalled.

It happened at a northwest side apartment complex after school on November 19. Now, two weeks later, no criminal charges have been filed or presented to the District Attorney's Office.

Shamichael's mother Olevia Henderson said, "He says they're booked up with other major assault cases, like her assault isn't really major?"

We asked the Harris County Sheriff's Office about the status of the case. We're told it's still an open investigation. Detectives are still taking statements and interviewing witnesses to determine what the teen should be charged with, if anything at all.

"Because it's on video, it's pretty open and shut," said KTRK legal analyst Joel Androphy.

Androphy watched the video and says a criminal charge is inevitable.

"There's no justification for hitting someone and kicking someone in the face like this," he said. "The prosecutor should charge the person with aggravated assault."

For the worried mom, a criminal charge can't come soon enough for her daughter left injured and scared to return to school.

"I'm not giving this up," Henderson said. "I've been told to stop talking about it, let it go, leave it alone -- no. Because if it was your child, you would want somebody to say something."

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