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A young woman is seriously hurt following a video-recorded altercation where another young woman repeatedly forcefully pushes her head onto the ground

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A young girl from Missouri got seriously hurt in a brawl caught on camera near Hazelwood East High School, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

The video of the fight that happened on Friday has been shared widely online. It shows one girl throwing another to the ground and hitting her in the head multiple times on the concrete sidewalk.

While the injured girl was lying on the ground, other teenagers were seen fighting around her.

The reason behind the fight isn’t clear, and the police haven’t revealed the identities of those involved. However, they confirmed that the viral video is linked to their investigation, said police spokesperson Vera Clay.

Police were called to the scene at around 2:32 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight near Norgate Drive and Claudine Drive, as stated in a release on Monday.

“Officers found a young girl with a serious head injury. She was taken to a nearby hospital and is still in critical condition,” the police said.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested on Saturday and is being held by the St. Louis County Family Court on charges of assault, according to the police.

As of Thursday, there have been no further updates on the case, a police spokesperson mentioned.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell expressed his disgust at the video on Sunday, calling it “sickening” and “hard to watch.”

He noted that the juvenile court system, not his office, has jurisdiction over the case. “We hope the victim recovers fully,” he added. “This is truly heartbreaking.”

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey condemned the incident as “evil” and a “total disregard for human life.”

It’s not immediately clear if those involved were students at Hazelwood East High School, which is located less than half a mile from where the fight took place.

The Hazelwood School District described it as a tragedy whenever children get hurt.

“Bullying and fighting in the community are issues that we all need to address and resolve for the sake of our children,” the district said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

A crisis team will offer emotional support to those affected, the school district added.

“Let’s show kindness and respect to the families involved during this tough time and commit to working together for the betterment of our whole community,” the district urged.

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