Niagara Gazette — Martha Seaberry wants people to know there’s more to her daughter’s story than the video images that landed her in jail.
Seaberry’s daughter, Eula McCray, was arrested by Falls police on April 10 after officers were alerted to an Internet video that showed her encouraging her teenage daughter to fight another girl.
Seaberry says that while she does not condone McCray’s action, she wants people to know that her daughter is a loving mother who grew frustrated over the authorities’ lack of attention to several incidents where McCray’s daughter was harassed by neighborhood bullies.
“When somebody tells you something is going on you should at least follow up on it,” Seaberry said.
Police arrested McCray after the fight video appeared on Facebook. The video, which appears to have been recorded by a cell phone camera, shows McCray forcing two girls, ages 13 and 14, to fight in the middle of Willow Avenue as a crowd of adults and kids gathers to watch. One of the teens is McCray’s daughter.
Following her arrest, McCray pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree menacing during an arraignment in Falls City Court.
Seaberry said the videotaped incident followed several months in which McCray’s daughter was the target of both verbal and physical attacks by other teenage girls in the neighborhood. Seaberry said McCray reported at least one such incident to Falls school district officials and called police on at least two other occasions.
“She is scared,” Seaberry said of her granddaughter. “She shouldn’t have to live like that.”
Seaberry said previous reported incidents were not adequately addressed and the bullying has continued. When neither school officials nor police intervened, Seaberry said McCray finally decided it was time to encourage her daughter to take matters into her own hands and fight for herself.