AURORA, Colo. -- Reports of bullying at an Aurora high school have reached a breaking point for a 15-year-old girl and her family. Police are investigating as video of a recent encounter went viral on social media.
The alleged victim, known as Laniey, said the past four months have been full of threats, taunts and four-letter words used to torment her. It’s all been too much for the Gateway High School freshman, who said she no longer feels safe at school.
Facebook video of the latest bullying incident on Wednesday has been viewed millions of times on Facebook.
“It was terrifying,” said Amanda Brown, Laniey’s mom.
Brown and her family shot the video of who they say are two Gateway freshmen. One is seen on video with a large rock in her hand, threatening to throw it at Brown’s car.
“If this is the way they’re talking to me, an adult, her mother, I can’t even begin to imagine the torment that my daughter has been facing,” Brown said.
Out of concern for Laniey’s safety, Brown pulled her daughter out of school after the incident.
“My whole life is getting torn apart because of all of this,” Laniey said.
Laniey said what started over perceived interest in the same boy only got worse over time. She said three girls made it their mission to follow her at school and after school.
The girls even showed up at Laniey’s house in an effort to fight her and her mom, according to Laniey.
Brown said the bullying got so bad that security was required to keep the girls away from Laniey at school.
But even the security presence did not prevent the Wednesday encounter, when Laniey was walking home from school. She said she was being threatened, so she called her mom for help.
“It was scary because it was all of them against me,” Laniey said.
The duo are accused of threatening to hit Laniey with their skateboards. The video, shot after Laniey got inside Brown’s car, is now part of an Aurora Police Department investigation.
Meanwhile, Brown said school district leaders are considering disciplinary action against the girls. Brown is hoping for nothing less than expulsion. Previous suspensions have not taught the girls any lessons, according to Brown.
“I just want to go back to school, like, that’s all I want to do,” Laniey said.
"Aurora Public Schools is actively investigating the incident along with the Aurora Police Department," the district said in a statement. "Student safety is our top priority. We take any accusation of bullying seriously and work closely with families to address concerns.
"Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss specific student discipline.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with possible legal expenses for Brown.