Teen bully apologizes for her actions
ELSMERE, Ken. (WLWT/NBC) -- A teen girl accused of bullying and beating her classmate is speaking out about the attack.
The 15-year-old girl, who authorities said attacked another girl at a Elsmere, Kentucky park said she never meant to be a bully.
"I feel really bad about that and I do regret it, and I wish I wouldn't have done it," the girl, who requested to remain unidentified, said. "There were some things she knew about me and she went and told people, and I was very mad about it."
The girl said rage paired with peer pressure led to a series of attacks, starting last Saturday afternoon when the victim, 14-year-old Taylor Stratton, let the girl give her a haircut.
Stratton said her attacker chopped off about a foot of her hair.
"Apparently, the whole time this is happening, they're videotaping it," Stratton said.
Stratton said she was attacked that same night.
The teen said the beating left both her eyes swollen shut and bloodshot.
"I figured it would break something because it hurt so bad," Stratton said.
The father of the girl accused in the incident, Mike Putthoff, apologized to the victim and her family.
"First of all, I'd like to apologize to Taylor's family and to Taylor for my daughter's actions," Putthoff said. "I feel horrible it happened and appalled that it was my child who did it."
Putthoff's daughter said she's become a target for bullying.
"Everyone's telling me to go die and they're going to put bullets in my head and everything, and I don't think they realize how bad I feel about it," the teen said.
The teen and her father said they're hoping to turn the violent incident into something positive, and they hope to do it with Stratton.
"I wish the best for her, and I hope she heals well. I'm praying for her," the teen said.
The teen said she expects to learn of any charges Friday, and she has also emailed several teachers to inquire about taking part in anti-bullying clubs.