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A 16-year-old Staten Island girl was injured when a classmate splashed a homemade pepper mixture into her eyes and pulled her hair out while at a bus stop near their school Wednesday morning. Brynn Gingras has the story.
A 16-year-old Staten Island girl was injured when a classmate splashed a homemade pepper mixture into her eyes and pulled her hair out while at a bus stop near their school Wednesday morning.
Elsie Manneh said she had just gotten off the bus near New Dorp High School when 16-year-old Princess Hall -- who Manneh said was a friend before the incident -- attacked her with a pepper-filled recipe.
"I thought I was about to get blind for a second," said Manneh.
Hall admitted to mixing jalapeno and other pepper with water, then splashing it into Manneh's face, court papers show.
"They had to wash her eyes three times and as they washed it, the seeds came out," said Manneh's sister Lydia. "Her eyes were red, her face was swollen."
Elsie said Hall also assaulted her, pulling out some of her hair during the attack.
"She got on top of me, pulled my face, punched me," she said.
Lydia said her sister couldn't defend herself because her eyes were closed.
The puffiness in Elsie's eyes went down hours later, but she still has a bald spot on her scalp from where her hair was yanked out.
Hall was charged with assault and harassment, both misdemeanors. She's expected to be back in court in December.
No one answered the door at her home Friday night.
Elsie Manneh returned to school two days after the attack. The burn is gone, she said, but the pain from a friend turning on her still stings.
"She took my niceness for granted and backstabbed me," she said.