A Houston teenager named Sharkeisha, whose brutal assault on her classmate was filmed and went viral last month, was arrested for the attack last Friday. The mother of Shamichael Manuel, the teenager who was beaten in the video, confirmed that Sharkeisha was arrested at school and taken into custody. However, the girl who videotaped the assault and posted it will not face any charges against her; Manuel’s mother said the girl “should have been held accountable.”
Since the video was released to World Star Hip Hop, it has racked up over 12 million views and made Sharkeisha an internet sensation with nearly 40,000 Twitter followers. That glorification has concerned anti-bullying advocates who believe that glorifying an assault sends the wrong message to other teenagers. “It is important to remind young people that what they put online is permanent and difficult to take down,” said Anti-Bullying Alliance’s Luke Roberts. “Young people don’t seem to comprehend that what you do at 14 might affect you when you are 19 looking for a job.
In the brutal assault video, Manuel and Sharkeisha appear to have a regular conversation until Manuel looked in the direction of the camera. Sharkeisha sucker-punched her friend in the face and then began beating with her punches after Manuel fell to the ground. She attempted to cover her head to protect herself, but Sharkeisha then kicked Manuel directly in the face. A friend then comes into the scene and breaks up the fight.
Manuel said that she was actually friends with Sharkeisha and said she was stunned by the brutal attack, which was reportedly over a boy at their school. “I was just in shock. I was like, oh my God. Did she really do this?” said Manuel. “You’re supposed to be my close friend. We were talking in school earlier that day. She made it seem like there was nothing wrong with her.”