Caught on camera: Teen attacked by 20 students in school

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) - Authorities say a 16-year-old high school student was attacked by nearly 20 of her peers inside McKinley High School.

A few onlookers caught the attack on camera and posted the video online.

"It's scary to those who watch at least 15 people beating up on one person, and anything could happen," said Nana Williams, the victim's mother.

Williams says she is furious her child was attacked while under the supervision of teachers and staff at McKinley High School.

"It's offensive to me, at this point, that they don't seem to understand that this could have been dangerous. Not only for my daughter, but for the other children who may wish to leave the school before this happens," Williams said.

"I was just in shock. I couldn't believe it was happening. It was completely unexpected. I felt threatened, I really did," said a bullying victim.

Tracy Peoples, whose daughter is a sophomore at the school, says she doesn't think the school is doing enough to protect its students.

Peoples says she pulled her child out of class earlier that day after learning that she and three other honor students were on the so-called "attack list."

"Several students are following us and approaching the doorway of other classrooms, saying, "Why did you call your mom? Why did you call your mom? We fight moms too," Peoples told KTVI.

She says she gave the principal all the details of the planned attack before it happened.

However, district officials say the principal was not given the name of the targeted student before the incident.

"You stood there and assured me of the safety of not just my child, but the other students that you asked me to list," Peoples said.

"I feel that you should be kind of assured that when you send your kid to school, that they're safe,"  said Quincy Peoples.

The district released a statement, saying, in part:

The District Safety and Security Department is investigating the incident. All students involved in the altercation will be disciplined, per district policy.

Both families say they are planning to transfer their children to another school as soon as possible.

The victim said the attack will not impede her plans to go to college and become a surgeon.

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