NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:00 PM
Stop the bullying!! #teammiaPlease help us make this video go viral this is not ok and it’s time to take a stand!!!STOP THE BULLYING #teammia
Posted by Nena Bella on Sunday, January 31, 2016
A Philadelphia girl’s bullies thought they could torment her online through a video of the brutal beating she suffered.
Instead, Mia Chanel DeJesus turned the clip against her tormentors, making it go viral herself with a voiceover of the attack calling out the four bullies beating her up.
Mia, a 16-year-old student at Northeast High School, watched as the four girls who assaulted her posted the video on social media and added insult to her injuries.
In the clip, Mia Chanel DeJesus said she was beaten so badly that she fell unconscious. But the bullying didn’t stop there.
The beatdown was recorded on January 27, when Mia said she was locked in the bathroom by the group and jumped in a vicious attack. The pummeling continued even as she fell unconscious.
“This isn’t OK, I was assaulted by four girls bigger than me, just because they didn’t like me,” the teen said in the clip. “I was tortured physically and emotionally.”
While the attackers were taunting her with the clip, she turned it into a much more serious matter by taking a stand against bullying.
“I refuse to be held hostage by this video and my fear. I will not be a victim,” she said.
Mia vowed to post the haunting clip every day on her own social media pages until she sees an end to bullying. Her call-out clip has since been viewed more than a million times on Facebook.
Her family members and friends have been sharing the clip with the hashtag #TeamMia.
Mia Chanel DeJesus decided to post the video herself, to demand justice after the brutal attack.
“These girls want to be famous on social media for being other girls let’s make an example of them and really make them famous for the cowards they are,” her mother wrote.
One of the bullies recorded in the clip, whom the Daily News is not identifying because of her age, criticized Mia’s video for not showing the entire scenario.
“Why didn’t she add the parts when she threatened me? Or when she was laughing and taunting me to hit her?” The unidentified teen wrote. “All the times I walked away for her to just start gossiping and fueling the fire more when I turned my back.”
She claims that Mia was the bully, not her.
The four attackers followed Mia DeJesus into the bathroom at Northeast High School when the beatdown happened on January 27, she said.
Since the video went viral, the four attackers have since been expelled. One of the girls was arrested for aggravated assault. But the Philadelphia School district disagrees with the clip, and claims the beatdown was not a bullying incident.
“We would not characterize this as bullying, but rather a neighborhood dispute that spilled over in the school building,” the school district spokeswoman Raven Hill told Action News.
The school has received an outpour of negative feedback on social media since the clip was released.
The teen was reportedly transferring schools after the altercation. Mia said she hopes showcasing her horrifying experience can help other bullying victims.
“All the people that have been texting me on Facebook and telling me their story, I feel like I did help a lot of people in the short amount of time that my video has been up.”