‘Never so supported’: Aid pours in for 15-year-old beaten by teenagers in Surrey – BC

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The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was brutally beaten last week by other teens in the Cloverdale neighborhood of Surrey, BC, said she and her daughter have “never been so supported” in their lives.

BC’s mother said that since she spoke publicly about the attack, an outpouring of kindness has poured in, restoring some of her “faith in humanity” and motivating her daughter to pay it forward.


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“She’s an empath and she’s amazing,” the mother told Global News on Thursday.

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“She’s happy and she wants to do more with it… she even mentioned opening a Facebook page for kids who can contact her and help and support her.”

Both the identity of the mother and the daughter are protected by the Juvenile Criminal Law Act.

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According to her mother, the girl was lured to Hillcrest Elementary School on May 7 under the pretense of meeting friends for a birthday cake. She was then kicked and beaten by multiple assailants who knocked her to the ground, forced her to kiss their shoes and continued to kick her, her mother said.

The attack took place in the company of an estimated 25 to 50 spectators, none of whom called the police, and several of them filmed the attack and shared videos on social media.

The 15-year-old was left with a broken nose, a concussion, black eyes, bruised ribs, a rolled ankle that requires X-rays, and cuts and bruises all over her body, her mother said.


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Since then, a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $3,000 to support the girl’s recovery, including the cost of counseling and replacement of stolen personal belongings.

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Letters of support, flowers, cards, food and a handful of free self-defense and martial arts training have also come in to help boost the girl’s self-confidence, if she wants to.

“I am so proud of her. She’s so strong, the way she doesn’t fight back and they held her down. She did everything I taught her – run away,” her mother said. “I couldn’t ask for a better child and I don’t know what I would do without her.”

A friend, Kayle Fallowfield, has supported the family in the wake of the attack and helped manage offers from strangers. She said the brutality of the attack “stunned” her and that bullying has become increasingly “horrific” in recent years.

“I want (her) to feel loved and know that a lot of people aren’t up for it,” Fallowfield explains. “The amount of support from even young children who have been bullied … has helped (her) to realize she’s not alone in this.”

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The 15-year-old’s mother said she hopes their story encourages other teens who struggle to seek help when they need it.

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“As much as I have to focus on myself and my child, I also want to be there for everyone’s child or any parent who needs a hug or whatever,” she said.

“I just want to prepay it, I want to take[my daughter’s]story and I want to touch as many people as possible with it and just help as many children as possible.”


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Surrey RCMP is investigating the attack and has arrested and released a juvenile – “the primary aggressor” – on a venture with a future court date.

No charges have been filed, but the mother said some of the bullies captured in the videos have come forward to apologize, “with disgust at their own behaviour”.

“Bullying should not be tolerated at all and there should be more serious consequences,” the mother told Global News. “These kids don’t deserve to just get a slap on the wrist and then just let them go.”

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She said “something is missing in the system” between schools, the government and the police leaving troubled children behind, some of whom end up committing suicide and some being killed in brutal attacks.

“My daughter escaped with her life, but is it the next child or the next victim? It just needs to be stopped now and children should be held accountable for their actions.”

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