Father Of Accused Bully Apologizes For Daughter's Actions
Victim Says Attack Recorded, Posted Online
Dec 14 2011
Mike Putthoff, Bullys Fatherhttp://www.wlwt.com/news/30007860/de...#ixzz1genepsL6ELSMERE, Ky. -- The father of a teen accused of beating another girl said he wants to apologize to the victim, and he wants to do something to stop bullying.
Taylor Stratton said she let a friend cut her hair, but she said the girl cut about a foot off her hair and then attacked her that same night at an Elsmere park.
The 14-year-old said the beating, which was recorded and posted on YouTube, left both her eyes swollen shut and bloodshot.
Her alleged assailant spoke with News 5's Laura Borchers one day after Taylor's story aired.
"First of all, I'd like to apologize to Taylor's family and to Taylor for my daughter's actions," said Mike Putthoff, the girl's father. "I feel horrible it happened, (and) appalled that it was my child that did this."
Authorities are investigating the incident, which has made national news. The girls' families said they expect to learn Friday whether any charges will be filed.
"There are other ways to handle this besides violence," Putthoff said. "I'd like the public to know my daughter is a smart, bright person who made some poor choices. I'd like her to think before she does some things, and a lot of what she did that day relates to peer pressure."
Police: Teen Attacked, Beaten By Bully At Playground
Victim Says Video Of Attack Was Posted Online
Dec 15 2011
http://www.wlwt.com/news/30000681/de...#ixzz1geoQlV4iERLANGER, Ky. -- Police said a girl was attacked and beaten by a school bully, who then posted the assault video online.
Teen Taylor Stratton said it started when one girl cut a foot of her hair earlier that day.
"We were sitting there, talking about how I was going to get my hair cut. She said, 'Oh, I'll do it for you,'" Taylor Stratton said.
Taylor Stratton said one girl took a video while another one was cutting her hair off. The video was posted on Facebook, she said.
"(They were) laughing every time they took a chunk out and zooming in on the pile of hair," Taylor's mother, Summer Stratton, said.
On Saturday night, when she was sitting on a swing at a playground, Taylor Stratton said the girl who cut her hair came up to her.
"She came up to me and was like, 'Get up.' I said, 'No.' Then she backhanded me in the face. I figured it would break something because it hurt so bad," Taylor Stratton said.
Taylor Stratton said she doesn't remember how many blows landed. She said the attack was recorded and posted online.
Taylor Stratton said no one came to help her during the attack.
"I was screaming and crying my eyes out. I had to call my dad," Taylor Stratton said.
She said she thinks the beating sent her into a seizure.
"(My dad) said I was shaking to death. He said my eyes were swollen," Taylor Stratton said.
Police said they are investigating the incident.
It happened off school grounds, but Summer Stratton said she wants schools to get aggressive putting an end to the first signs of bullying.