LANSDOWNE, Md. (WJZ) — A video of two children fighting has sparked outrage and controversy because of what the mother of one of the children did in it.
Mike Hellgren has the stunning images and an exclusive interview with the mother.
She says to some it may look like she was egging him on to fight, but she says she was just helping her child stand up to a boy who she says bullied him.
“Put your hands on him because I’m going to [expletive] cut him loose on you, buddy,” she said in the video.
In the video, the mom confronts a boy, one of several she says chased her son to his door. She says she encouraged her son to fight back and seconds later, the boys go at it.
Someone tries to intervene while the mom keeps talking from the sidelines.
“Get mad and [expletive] him up,” she said.
Then, she has her own conversation with the other boy.
“He still stood up to him. Now chase him every day and I bet you give him a week and he’ll [expletive] you up,” she said.
Kelly White says she is the mom on that tape. She says she was fed up with her son being bullied.
“I didn’t want to see my son fight but I was scared I would be burying my son because of these kids,” White said. “If I do have to face charges on this, then I will because, as a parent, I was scared for my son not to stand up for hisself.”
Baltimore County Police say the fight, which happened in Lansdowne last week, is under investigation.
“We’re reviewing the entire video to determine whether criminal charges are appropriate and against which individuals in the video,” said Baltimore County Police Detective Cathy Batton.
“The only thing I would have done differently is if I could have gotten a hold of the kid’s mother first,” White said. “I was always raised that you have to stand up for yourself because if you don’t, they’re just going to keep on coming after you, keep on coming after you,” White said.
WJZ made several attempts to get in touch with the mother of the other child. She has not returned our messages.
It’s unclear how long the police investigation could take.