WEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - A fight between two groups of teenage girls led to a 16-year-old being sent to the hospital with her hair set on fire -- and now six other girls are going to be charged.
Police in West Philadelphia say they broke up the fight between rival cliques at about 6:45pm Wednesday. SKYFOX was over the scene at 47th and Chestnut streets.
They say the victim told them a group of girls assaulted her and tried to set her hair on fire. She was pushed to the ground and punched by several attackers.
One, wearing a gray sweatshirt, was seen “using what appeared to be a torch attempting to light the victim’s hair on fire.”
The victim was treated for burns on the back of her neck and released from the hospital.
Police say a second victim, just 13, “was pushed and poked from behind with a knife, causing tearing to her jacket; however, the victim did not sustain any injuries.”
Then, investigators said a second brawl broke out a short time later near a SEPTA station.
Police said both groups of girls go to a transitional school called Camelot Academy in Philadelphia. They are all between 13 and 16 years old.
At first, they got away in an unknown direction, but six were stopped and positively identified. Now, police say charges will be released when completed.
Three of the accused are 16, one is 15, and two are 14.