Three girls have been arrested and charged over a brutal gang beating that left the victim with concussion and a broken nose.
According to the Columbia Police Department, Arlinda Craft, 18, Anns Leigh Hill, 19, and Megan Williams, 20, have now been charged with assault and battery by a mob.
The victim knew the three attackers from high school, where apparently Williams and Craft had bullied her, but she hadn’t seen the girls for a while when they confronted her by the Saluda River in South Carolina, The State reports.
Despite this the girls accused the victim of ‘talking bad about them’, then pulled her hair, threw her to the ground and started beating her.
And the victim claims that during the fight a large crowd stood by and did nothing. “No one defended me, out of the 30 people that were hanging around – which is really pathetic in my eyes,” she told The State.
The incident was caught on camera, and the victim handed the footage in to police.
There seems to be a worrying trend these days with incidents like this, where people instantly reach for their cameras and film rather than trying to intervene or help the victim.
At least this time people’s indifference to a brutal assault led to the attackers being caught on film and arrested.