Mother: Students attacked my daughter because she came out as gay

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A mother is demanding a group of young people be held accountable after her daughter was attacked on Bronx Park East.

The woman, who didn't want to show her face on camera, says her 13-year-old daughter was attacked at a playground. She says her daughter had just come out as gay and believes that is why she was beat up by six fellow students Saturday.

The victim's mother showed News 12 a video she says has gone viral, depicting the girl being kicked and hit in the back of the head. She also claims they called her daughter homophobic slurs.

The family hopes to press charges against the six people apparently involved in the attack. They also want the incident investigated as a hate crime.

Investigators say the police report doesn't indicate that any bias statements were made.

The woman says her daughter does not remember the multiple blows she took to the head. She only remembers fighting for her life.

"She was like, 'Mom I never felt this way, it was a mixed feeling, I was scared, nervous and it was like my life – I'll have to defend my life,'" the woman says.

The family says police broke up the fight, but no one was arrested. Police say they are investigating.

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