Stun Gun Attack Near Overbrook HS - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Stun Gun Attack Near Overbrook HS

A teenage girl is attacked by group of students outside high school



    A Philadelphia teenager ends up in the hospital after she says she was attacked by a group of other teens, and shot several times with a stun gun. The attack was caught on cell phone video as dozens of people gathered to watch the beat down. (Published Friday, Feb. 17, 2012)

    Just before noon on Friday, a 17-year-old girl was attacked by 8 girls, according to Philadelphia Police.

    The attack happened on the street at 59th and Lansdowne, near Overbrook High School, police said.

    NBC10 spoke with Brooke Bethea, victim of this attack.  "I was walking and that's when they started grabbing me, punching and stomping me," said Bethea. The high school junior was also zapped with a stun gun, three times.

    Bethea says she collapsed during the attack and had a seizure. The 11th grader, who weighs less than 100 pounds, has a pre-existing medical condition that includes a sickle cell trait and a history of seizures.

    "They could've killed her with her being so small and everything. It's just hard," said Penny Talley, mother.

    A group of at least 80 students gathered around the scene of the attack.

    Rhonda Richardson, a witness who was working at a hair salon nearby, tells NBC10 she went through the crowd and helped the teenage girl inside to safety.

    Richardson says the girl's face was bloody and she was "delirious." The good samaritan says this type of scene is a regular occurrence near the high school.

    "I really want to thank her because if it wasn't for her, I would still be out laying on the ground. For her to come and help me, I feel really thankful," said Bethea.