Teen Brutally Beats 16-Year-Old, Sparks Nationwide Outrage and Investigation

Last month, a shocking video of a teen brutally beating 16-year-old Kaylee Gain and slamming her head against the pavement went viral, causing widespread outrage across the country. The video, filmed near Hazelwood East High School where both girls attend, was first shared by the right-wing social media account “Libs of TikTok,” known for spreading conspiracy theories and inciting anger.

As a result of the video, Gain’s assailant is now facing a hearing in juvenile court, and eight others have been referred for possible charges related to the fight. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has also launched an investigation into the school district. Gain, who remains hospitalized, has been moved out of the intensive care unit but is still recovering from traumatic brain injuries.

The Truth Behind the Fight

The altercation took place on March 8, after school hours and about a quarter mile from Hazelwood East, according to a school district attorney. Two days later, Libs of TikTok shared the video with a misleading caption, claiming that the mainstream media was ignoring the story. However, local St. Louis media outlets, including the Post-Dispatch, KSDK, and KMOV, quickly covered the incident.

The video shows the two girls initially facing off in a residential street before the 15-year-old attacker pins Gain to the ground and repeatedly slams her head into the pavement. Other fights break out among the group of young people surrounding them.

The Aftermath and Ongoing Investigation

Gain suffered severe brain injuries and was in critical condition for over a week. Her family has since updated her GoFundMe page, stating that she is now stable and out of the ICU. However, she has limited speech and cannot walk on her own.

The day after the fight, the 15-year-old attacker, Maurnice DeClue, was arrested and charged with assault. Her family describes her as a diligent and helpful honor-roll student. Since her arrest, eight more teens have been referred to family court and may face charges related to the fight. The teens range in age from 14 to 17 and include both males and females.

The reason for the brawl is still unclear, but according to DeClue’s lawyer, Gain had been suspended from school after a fight on March 10. As the investigation continues, the truth behind the incident and the spread of misinformation surrounding it will hopefully be uncovered.