Girl Comes Forward After Group Beating Caught on Cell Phone
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– After sharing the story of a Kent County teen who contacted FOX 17, saying she’s been bullied after was jumped by a group of girls, another teen seen in that video is coming forward.
The fight was caught on cell phone video and shared between the people involved on Facebook.
“I just want people to know it wasn’t just us jumping on her; she shouldn’t have said what she said and this wouldn’t have happened,” said Ronnise Chambliss.
The 19-year-old answered questions about Samantha Peery’s claims of being attacked with chains and pepper sprayed outside a gas station over the summer.
Peery claims she was jumped by about half a dozen girls. When asked why so many people were involved in a fight that started as just an argument between Peery and Chambliss, Chambliss said she was told Peery would have a few people of her own coming to the meeting as well.
“What am I supposed to do? Go by there by myself?” Chambliss answered.
Peery told us she was attacked with pepper spray and beat with chains.
“As for the chain, it wasn’t me so I can’t speak for others. It was a belt,” admitted Chambliss. “I’m not saying that’s right, but it’s not a three-foot chain. I didn’t know anything about that until after.”
The girls admit, during the course of heated arguments through Facebook leading up to that fight, both used inappropriate words, including racial slurs.
“Words are said that you don’t really mean when you’re angry and I didn’t mean that at all,” Peery said. “I was just very very upset and she was too.”
“I’m admitting that the weapons weren’t supposed to be there, but as far as the fight, yes it was supposed to happen,” Chambliss said.
“I’m not justifying saying fighting is a way to solve your problems, but what Sam did and called me was not right either.”
The Kent County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original incident when it happened over the summer. It was then handed over to the Prosecutor’s office. No charges came of that.