Caught on camera: Teen girl attacked during soccer game
CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - An investigation is underway after video shows a teenage girl being assaulted during a high school soccer match.
The attack happened during a soccer game between Chester High School and Lewisville High School on Monday evening around 5:30 p.m.
The video, which was shot by WBTV's partner CN2 News, shows a player from Lewisville tripping and falling to the ground.
The player, later identified as 18-year-old Annette McCullough who is a senior at Lewisville, then gets off the ground and punches a nearby Chester High school player. The teen victim is then dragged to the ground by her hair, while McCullough continues to punch her in the face, the video shows.
The attack lasted around ten seconds before a woman is able to separate the two players. The video shows McCullough punching the victim at least eleven times.
A referee then escorts McCullough off the field.
Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith told WBTV that deputies were called to Lewisville High School to the report of an assault. McCullough is being charged with simple assault, according to the incident report from the Sheriff's Office.
Referees will review the video with the South Carolina High School League to see if any punishments will be handed down.
"Some incidental contact ended in one girl going down and she just got up and started pummeling," referee Alan Parker said after the game. It's unfortunate, it really is. Contact is a part of soccer, but when you retaliate like that, obviously, there is no place in the game for that."
Parker, who has been coaching, playing and refereeing for many years, says it isn't uncommon to see a scuffle, but this was different.
"Occasionally you have players that go at it, on the field together, but in this case it was just one girl pummeling the other girl," he said. "And she didn't stop which is even more egregious."
The victim's mother, Juanita, says she was shocked by what she saw on the field.
"I think it is nonsense that girls can't come and play soccer without getting assaulted over nonsense, that's just how I feel about it," she said. "She's gonna have to go to the doctor and have some tests."
The Sheriff's report states that the victim had several "swollen knots behind her right ear" and a mark on her neck, but was not bleeding.
Juanita said that she believes McCullough needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and believes the senior should be banned from playing soccer in the league.
Lewisville High School's assistant head coach Paul Atkerson said that the team will deal with the incident.
"I know it will not be tolerated on this team and here in Lewisville," he said. "This is something that should not have happened, it should not have happened at all."
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