Schoolgirl's death after being beaten by classmate sparks outrage
Harrowing footage shows pupils laughing and leering as a girl hits Norma.
WARNING — DISTRESSING CONTENT: A 14-year-old has died from her injuries after being savagely beaten by a classmate.
Harrowing footage shows pupils laughing and leering as a girl hits Norma Lizbeth outside their school in Teotihuacan, Mexico. As the girl clasps Norma by the hair, she repeatedly punches her on the back of the head with her other hand.
Media in Mexico State reported that Norma passed away on March 13 from the blows she took in the brutal fight. Her family and teachers have since said she had long complained about being physically and verbally bullied by her classmates.
They are now demanding that the Ministry of Public Education, the State Education Department, and the State Prosecutor's Office investigate the case.
Local media reports that the fight took place in front of dozens of pupils some 50 metres from their school on February 21. Shockingly, none of those present tried to break up the two girls and, instead, filmed the spectacle.
After the fight was finally broken up, some locals reportedly helped Norma clean her bloodied nose before paramedics arrived. An X-ray later revealed she had suffered a fractured nose.
The two girls were swiftly suspended from school for a month, with their respective parents agreeing to split the ensuing medical bills fifty-fifty.
Sister vows to 'seek justice' after teen dies
While recovering from her injuries at home, Norma began to feel nauseous over the weekend and fainted multiple times. She later lost consciousness. Her cause of death was given as head trauma.
Her older sister, Alma Delia Ramos Perez, is accusing the headmistress of minimising Norma's suffering by deeming the incident a fight instead of an episode of bullying.
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"I was with her from the day of the accident, I supported her, I went where I had to go; I want my sister to know that we are going to seek justice, that wherever she is, she should be happy because no one else is going to hurt her anymore," she said in a heartbreaking message.
Norma, who had dreamed of becoming a nurse, was laid to rest on Wednesday.
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