Phoenix police are investigating a report that a transgender teen was assaulted at a pool party by a mob of up to 20 people.
Dakota Kern, 18, says she was invited to a pool party by people she knew, but once she got there she was repeatedly harassed by partygoers. As she and her two friends started to leave the pool area, a man yelled “get it, get it” and a group of up to 20 people attacked her.
“Then one of the guys, he ends up grabbing me by my head, grabbing me by my hair and then he hit me a few times,” says Kern.
One of her attackers captured the scene on a cell phone video and circulated on social media, Kern says. The footage shows Kern being shoved to the ground and kicked repeatedly.
“I passed out, hit my head on the concrete,” says Kern. “My friend was above me like slapping my face like ‘hey, come on come on, get up so we can go.’”
Anyone with information is urged to call police.