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Juvenile Officer Testified That Both Parties Agreed Kaylee Threw The First Punch and Had a History of Violence

Kaylee Gain's alleged attacker 'suffered bullying and did not throw first punch'
Kaylee Gain's alleged attacker 'suffered bullying and did not throw first punch'

Kaylee Gain, a 16-year-old girl who was left in a coma with severe brain damage. The accused, Maurnice Declue, aged 15, faces felony assault charges and is detained at the St Louis Juvenile Detention Center. Allegations suggest that Kaylee initiated the fight near Hazelwood East High School in St Louis, Missouri on 8 March, which was captured on video and widely shared online.

During a hearing in St. Louis Family Court, a juvenile officer testified that both parties agreed Kaylee threw the first punch and had a history of violence, having been suspended for fighting with another girl the day before. The officer recommended that Declue remain within the juvenile court system, a decision not objected to by County Prosecutor Wesley Bell. Judge Jason Dodson ruled that Declue would stay in detention due to threats against her following the altercation.

Witnesses, including teachers, testified on Declue's behalf, portraying her as a well-behaved and academically successful student with no prior behavioral issues. However, prosecutors described the incident as a brutal attack that caused serious injuries to Kaylee, leading to the need for her to relearn how to walk, speak, and care for herself post-coma.

Kaylee's stepmother provided an emotional statement in court, highlighting the tragic consequences of using violence to resolve conflicts among teenagers. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the damaging effects of bullying and teenage violence, prompting a call for greater awareness and intervention in addressing these issues within our communities.

Join us as we navigate the complexities and emotions surrounding this case, exploring the impact of youth violence, the challenges of the legal system, and the quest for justice and healing in the aftermath of a devastating event.

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