Father Demands High School Help Find Student Who Attacked Daughter

Stephanie Sheltra running in the Zoo Miami 5K

Stephanie Sheltra running in the Zoo Miami 5K

Please see new story with interview with Coral Springs High School Assistant Principal

By: Sharon Aron Baron

One father is on a mission to find the culprit who beat his daughter up at Coral Springs High School last Thursday while others stood there watching and filming on their cellphone cameras.

Marc Sheltra’s daughter Stephanie, a freshman Air Force ROTC candidate, and a good friend of hers, were attacked and beaten in an unprovoked attack on December 10, in a hallway that had no security cameras. Sheltra said they first beat her friend, and then blindsided his daughter off-camera and beat her as well when she tried to help.  

Stephanie was thrown against a cement wall and beaten in the face with either a foot or a hand. The school did not get any medical help for Stephanie after being beaten, said Sheltra who later took her to get CT scans of her head injuries.

“The students filming were chanting “Worldstar” which is where kids upload fight videos up to be enamored by others,” said Sheltra. “The students that were big enough to stop the fight were blocking people from helping and filming it and somebody has a video of my daughter getting beat. We just had a professional fighter who just found my Facebook page and is offering a bounty for it.”

Stephanie's injuries after the attack at Coral Springs High School

Stephanie’s injuries after the attack at Coral Springs High School

He said the school has not been helpful at finding the attacker.

We spoke to Captain Brad McKeone who disagrees, and said the school has been helpful and has been getting witness statements, however, no one saw any altercation involving his daughter getting attacked. 

They have no evidence this girl was attacked at the school,” said McKeone.  “We’re not saying anything didn’t happen.  She’s saying she was attacked.”  He said that the SRO looked her over and did not see these injuries on her after she was attacked.  

The SRO is still contacting other students. Nobody has any information where this attack took place and McKeone said that she cannot provide any information on her attackers. Sheltra disagrees and said they had a witness. Stephanie’s friend who we won’t name here, accompanied her to the ROTC area when he picked her up that afternoon and she said she saw it all, but she didn’t know who it was. Sheltra gave her name as a witness to the SRO. “While he was looking at my daughter’s face which was starting to show the damage,  he said, ‘I didn’t see any of that and I didn’t know,’  and I said, ‘well you didn’t ask.’”

In the video, what disturbs Sheltra is that the boy in the glasses first makes an effort to stop the bully from beating the boy, but then he blocks other students from helping and then says: Let it happen. “I realize with the cameras these days push the kids to do more and more horrific things for fame.”

After he was thrown to the ground, the boy passed out. Stephanie held his head in her lap and while he was having convulsions, she put her finger in his mouth to keep him from biting his tongue. Sheltra was told that the boy’s assailant was arrested for battery and suspended, but the person who beat his daughter is still at large.

“The school never contacted me on this. They never contacted me some weeks ago when kids were taken to the hospital for dehydration during an event, my daughter being one. I had a crying daughter call me during my workday to tell me she had just gone through this.”

Marc Sheltra and his daughter Stephanie

Marc Sheltra and his daughter Stephanie

Sheltra took the boy that was beaten to McDonald’s the following day to find out more about the fight and pledged to help him in any way he could. He also asked him if there was any thing he did, any provocation into the fight, or any bad blood.  He said no.  The boy believed the attacker had a problem with them being in the Air Force ROTC.

Sheltra said he is torn whether or not to keep his daughter enrolled at Coral Springs High School after the incident, but the situation is different for Sheltra and his daughter. 

As a single parent, she has lost about everything that has roots for her, so when I asked her about getting out of this school she said, ‘this is the last of my friends,’ so to take anything further away – I would worry that would be the last straw.”

He says he’s going to take this to the Broward County School Board as well as the mayor of Coral Springs. 

“I’ve been bullied when I was growing up and I know what it’s like.  I know what it’s like not being able to go home because kids are waiting for you all the time. I’m not letting anyone else go through this.”

“It’s not about money or anything else.  No one is going to fix my daughter’s state or her body, it’s about getting friends who stand around with a cellphone camera watch another friend get beaten so they can glamorize it on something similar to a YouTube. How sick has this become.”

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The Youtube video has been removed.   Screenshots from the video shows Stephanie on the left before the fight who was trying to get the student in the orange shorts to calm down.  Her father is searching for anyone that knows which student blindsided his daughter and attacked her after her friend was beaten.  The student in the orange shirts has been arrested and recommended for expulsion according to Vice Principal Michael Marhefka.

If you have any information that can lead to the attacker of his daughter, contact Marc Sheltra msheltra@aol.com 954-609-3006.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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  • CJ

    Dude in that video is a PUNK. That kid didn’t want to fight. Ok, he was “talking sh-t”. But you have him on video backing down from you when you checked him about it. That’s not enough? You get zero respect continuing to pick on a guy who doesn’t want to fight you.

    • Km Profightr

      They need to find the one who beat the girl. That person is off video. An even bigger coward!

    • Marie G

      He also didn’t grab the boy till he had his back to him. Coward. I hope he got arrested. Video is clear as day.

  • Troll Magnet

    Pavement apes strike again. My kids are in Maplewood Elementary now; looks like I will be looking for a private school in few years…

    • Seth Platt

      Troll this bigot. Sharon please remove this ugly comment.

  • CynthiaSpeaks

    Full on facial recognition. Perp is going DOWN! What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

    • Km Profightr

      Yes, on the one who beat the boy. They are looking for the one who beat the girl up though.

      • CynthiaSpeaks

        Yep, we need to post the heck out of the article and put pressure on the school to cooperate and find kids with the video on their phone. I’m so disgusted.

  • VAiN

    Coral springs is a cesspool of ‘diversity’. This is what you get. I hope they track down these fuckers.

  • Km Profightr

    $1000.00 reward for your tip leading to the arrest of the assailant that beat the girl! FB for details. Km Profightr

    • Jim Dixon

      I’ll put up $200 more!

      • Glades Hawker

        I’m the mom, THANK YOU! Her dad just rushed her back into the ER=(

      • Km Profightr

        Thank you!

      • Glades Hawker

        Mr. Dixon, please email me with your contact info, so I can contact you in the event that someone comes forward. THANK YOU mom, gladeshawker@yahoo.com

    • Pissed-Parent

      I am sending a Message to Marc now with my Information. I got another $200 to add to the money for info leading to the arrest or a clear Video of the attack showing who did it.
      My Son attends CSHS and said he had the pleasure of meeting your daughter he said she is a very nice girl. I want this thug child that did this out of the school and charged PERIOD.

      • Km Profightr

        THANK YOU!

      • Glades Hawker

        Pissed-Parent, please email me with your contact info, so I can contact you in the event that someone comes forward. THANK YOU mom, gladeshawker@yahoo.com
        Marc is swamped with mail. He may not have gotten it

  • Glades Hawker

    I am the mom, her dad just rushed her back in to the ER. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you all from Marc and I.

    • Pissed-Parent

      What is her status?
      Hopefully she is doing ok Health wise. Im sure it will take a little while for her to feel better mentally.
      Please let her know we have her back.

      • Glades Hawker

        Hi there, she was evaluated by the neurologist today. She has a severe concussion and is on bed rest. she has to stay at the hospital until she meets some medical requirements. They have asked for no visitors, phone, tv, bright lights, etc. She is painful and very nauseated. =( Thank you sincerely for your concern, mom

    • Pissed-Parent

      What is her status?
      Hopefully she is doing ok Health wise. Im sure it will take a little while for her to feel better mentally.
      Please let her know we have her back.

  • Jennifer

    This is disgusting. I hope they will both be ok. Stephanie is a great young Katy and definitely didn’t deserve this.

    • Glades Hawker

      We heard about that one too. Stephanie felt badly for the girl despite what had happened. Its hard being a teen.

    • Glades Hawker

      Thank you, mom

  • Krame

    Sorry about your daughter. I went to Coral Springs Middle and the halls were almost just as bad. Luckily i got to go to Douglas after which is the COMPLETE opposite of CSMS, FGMS, CSHS, Creek, etc…Only word of advice is get her out of that high school asap. You (Marc) making this video might help find the culprit, but may make things at her high school now a bit worse. Those “bullies” grow up with older siblings on Riverside selling and for some reason envy that….

    • Glades Hawker

      Thank you very much for your support, mom

  • CSHS student

    As a student who attends this school, this is not the worst of it. Last year, a two guys got in a fight that ended with someone’s head being shoved in to a wall. There was a hole for about a week. Fights happen nearly everyday and much worse. Just last month, a freshman was videotaped having sex with some guy and the video was sent out to EVERYONE in the school. The next day, people were throwing food at her and harassing the girl about something she said in the video. If you think what happened in this video is bad, you have no idea what goes on off camera.

    • Glades Hawker

      We heard about it. Stephanie felt badly for the girl despite what had happened. Its hard being a teen.

  • J Boland

    Where were all the assistant principals and resource officer if this is something that happens in the halls? this is an example of the trash that has moved into Coral Springs.

  • bryweb

    My heart goes out to Stephanie and her friend that got beat up as well, I feel the parents pain as I had to deal with my own daughter being attacked in high school. Its sad the insensitivity some kids feel today to violence and abuse.

    • Glades Hawker

      I am very sorry that you experienced this too. School should be fun!

  • Bg

    Wow can believe how bad springs has gotten. Nothing like this took place 20 years ago. I hope you find the kids. Get her out of springs asap. That school has turned to shit

    • Andrea

      I went to Coral Springs High from 87-90. It wasnt as bad as it is now but yes stuff like this did go on there and alot of the staff aswell did nothing back then. There were clicks of kids and asskissers that got away with everything. My asst principal (which were called deans back then) Mr. Rohrbach (sorry not sure of the spelling) had a meeting with my mom and I to tell us I should quit school over a teacher & class I was having difficulty which we went to him for help with. It was his & my counselor’s job to help me with but they did nothing and at all except tell me & my mother to our faces to have me quit school since I was 16. We had just moved to Coral Springs from out of state.

      • Glades Hawker

        I’m sorry to hear that. We were told to transfer her out to. mom

    • Glades Hawker

      Thank you, I hope we find them too. Mom

  • nvlo

    I’m not associated with the school in any capacity.

    Several issues don’t add up. The account of the boy having seizures and her staying and putting her fingers in his mouth is not medically possible. This is more of an urban myth. Either the boy wasn’t convulsing or she didn’t do that. When a person truly convulses they usually clench their jaws and nothing can go in their mouth.
    The picture of her with bruises looks more like halloween makeup. There is no swelling and the placements of the bruises are also suspicious.
    That the school didn’t do anything is another red flag.

    • Angelle Wild

      YOUHAVE NO IDEA. I KNOW THESE PEOPLE. I SPOKE TO THAT GIRL THE DAY AFTER IT HAPPENED. SHE HAD HIS HEAD IN HER LAP : GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!

    • Angelle Wild

      I WOULD STAKE MY LIFE ON THE TRUTH OF HER PHOTOS AND WORDS FROM HER MOUTH – AS SHE HAD TO STOP TALKING TO ME B/C HER MOUTH HURT!!!

      FUNNY YOU DONT ADDRESS THE THUG AND HIS “gold star” GANG …WHERE ARE THEY!?
      If they did nothing wrong / should be no reason to HIDE

      • Glades Hawker

        Thank you for pointing out the obvious. mom

    • Patsy Barrett

      There is always an unintelligent conspiracy theorist. So very sad someone would question facts and medical records. Prayers for this family.

  • nvlo

    I’m not associated with the school in any capacity.

    Several issues don’t add up. The account of the boy having seizures and her staying and putting her fingers in his mouth is not medically possible. This is more of an urban myth. Either the boy wasn’t convulsing or she didn’t do that. When a person truly convulses they usually clench their jaws and nothing can go in their mouth.
    The picture of her with bruises looks more like halloween makeup. There is no swelling and the placements of the bruises are also suspicious.
    That the school didn’t do anything is another red flag.

  • Nancy Lefkowitz

    Of course Coral Springs High School was of no help, it hurts their records of violence. I am so sorry this has happened to your daughter and ashamed that the onlookers did nothing to help, best of luck to you

    • Glades Hawker

      Thank you so much for your support. mom

  • Angylheart

    Disgusting! POS! Won’t see this in the media as a hate crime when it clearly is!

  • Angylheart

    Disgusting! POS! Won’t see this in the media as a hate crime when it clearly is!

  • Daryl Gold

    I’d love to beat the shit out of the dude in the video, and whomever laid hands on that girl. If I ever see that punk ass on the street, he’s done. Simple as that. He doesn’t even know how to fight. He deserves to lose some teeth, and more.

  • Erica Gotcha Lariz

    Sad sickening. These horrible thugs wonder why they get “judged”. Makes me physically sick and we did not see the worst of it. They could end some ones potential for a purposeful life with one wrong hit. Im down to protest . my son attends elementary nearby.

  • Barb

    You can put the brunt of the blame on the School Board for changing boundaries and school choice. There is something to be said about home town pride. We have lost our neighborhood schools and that is the bulk of the problem. YOU can’t fix the education system by just moving your problems from one school to another to another. Maybe if parents were held accountable for their children’s behavior they would take some interest in it. Teachers call home parents say oh well. Teachers reprimand students they laugh at them and ignore them. This would change if parents were held accountable. Your kid screws up you spend a day in detention with them…see how quick they straighten their kid out.

  • fairness4all

    Maybe his daughter started the whole thing and inflamed the situation with racial insults? Maybe
    that’s why someone reacted? Maybe she just decided to file a false police report? If the girl is lying, the school should insist that she be charged with filing a false police report. The white kid that was fighting should also be arrested and charged. The black kids family, friends and fellow students should demand that the cops also arrest and charge the white kid. The video clearly shows two phases of the encounter. In the first phase, the black kid grabs the white kid. In the second phase, the white kid charges and engages the black kid from behind. The second phase, initiated by the white kid results in the white kid being body slammed to the floor. The black kid at that moment in time was not the aggressor, he was clearly defending himself. It’s unfair to discipline the black kid but not the white
    kid. It looks like the black kid was standing up for himself and then was walking away after the first encounter but the white kid tries to keep it going by charging the black kid. The white kid is just as much to blame as the black kid. The white girl should have just stayed out of it. Maybe she was hurling
    racial insults too? Maybe she was uttering the “N” word and the black kid was just responding to the insults? It looks like the black kid was standing up for himself and then was walking away after the first encounter but the white kid tries to keep it going by charging the black kid. The video clearly shows the white kid kept it going and white kid never would have been body slammed to the floor if he had stopped charging and stopped engaging the black kid. In the second phase, the white kid didn’t have his back to the wall, his life wasn’t threatened and he had a chance to retreat. Instead of retreating, he attacked! At that moment in time, the white kid became the aggressor. Why aren’t the police
    charging the white kid? Racism? Bigotry? Even some people responding to this article refer to the black kids as pavement apes and other derogatory racist names. Are the coral springs cops racist and bigots? Clearly the white kid was fighting too. Now the coral springs cops are giving the black kid a
    criminal record and ruining the black kids life while they let the white kid continue to prosper and remain squeaky clean and a pearly holy white. It looks like racism at its worst. The cops try to blame it all on the black guy. The black kids family, friends and fellow students should demand that the cops also
    arrest and charge the white kid. It probably won’t be long before the coral springs cops murder a black person by riddling them with bullets or beating them to death. Let’s hope they don’t kill a young black high school kid that’s just trying to defend himself from racial intimidation.

    • Pissed-Parent

      Only one Aggressor in the attack of the boys…
      The kid was walking away, Avoiding him. Once the first person lays a hand on the other they are the AGGRESSOR and can not change to a Victim in that same case. He had the right to defend himself from the POS that started the fight.
      You clearly don’t know how the laws on Assault work.

      • stuffhappens

        And you do? By your logic, if the person who starts a fight gets killed by the person they are fighting, it’s OK because the AGGRESSOR is if the one who started everything? There are some valid points raised here, no need to put anybody down

        • Pissed-Parent

          Well actually yes. You have the right to protect yourself.
          If someone Attacks you do what you need to do in order to be the one to walk away.
          But Im pretty sure no one died here did they. The only one that did wrong was the Thug that kept going after the kid the was trying to walk away.

    • Pissed-Parent

      Only one Aggressor in the attack of the boys…
      The kid was walking away, Avoiding him. Once the first person lays a hand on the other they are the AGGRESSOR and can not change to a Victim in that same case. He had the right to defend himself from the POS that started the fight.
      You clearly don’t know how the laws on Assault work.

  • Glades Hawker

    Good morning everyone, Her dad and I have had our hands full. We would like to thank everyone who posted their kind words of support. All thise who came to her defense, an extra thank you!! Putting your faith in her words means a lot to us. She is still in the hospital. The cuts and bruising are whats seen, but the real damage was done inside her skull. We’re hopeful that she will be out of the hospital soon. May you all have a happy holiday and wonderful new year! THANK YOU!!!! Mom

  • Glades Hawker

    Dear everyone, I saw the Colin Flarhety post on you tube just a moment ago. Her dad and I would like to say that we are not racist. We do not know the ethnicity of her attacker/attackers.

    This is about the school doing more, being accountable for their students safety.

    I can only hope that Mr. Flarhety’s post does not make her a target. Racial hate crime etc, is not relevant here. Using her face as a tool to promote was wrong on his part.

    This type of crime happens to all genders and races.

    • Julie

      Mr. Flaherty is stating HIS opinion about black on white crime and what is happening in schools today! He totally DEFENDS Stephanie! God Bless his views which are completely correct!!!

      • Glades Hawker

        We certainly recognize that he is defending her and many others. We are adults without issues so we know what he truly means.
        It’s just not the csse hre. However, when bad people see opportunity, they do not take it out on the author, they take it out on the victim, when they return to the environment.

        • Julie

          You are giving so many ideas to the bad people “in Writing here” it is truly KILLING ME !!!!!!!! I am beside myself. Please do not write back to me. You are hurting her SO much!

      • Glades Hawker

        To be very clear. Mr Flerhety is entitled to say anything he wants. His opinion is a constitutional right. He has a message that is probably valid in OTHER situations.

        We just wish he hadn’t used her face in such a negative and irrelevant light.

        This is about the schools accountability and the safety of all their children.

        • Julie

          The video prompts awareness about “The Issues” which we are facing in schools today. The fight transpired (on the video) between two boys. Steph is not in the video being hit and accused of wearing makeup which is defended in the video.. Kudos!!! If it’s not in video it didn’t happen… which is the point I think her father is trying to make in the news. Steph’s face just happens to be the first thing you see on the video. The picture is so much larger than the points you are choosing to make. I am excusing myself from further posts as I feel this post will hurt her entirely! Please think about that and take it down.

          • Glades Hawker

            I am well aware of what her father is trying to say. I am her mother, and he and I agree on this. Thank you for caring about her. That part certainly is sppreciated, Julie.

          • Julie

            I know you are her mother

  • CS Resident
  • CS Resident

    tried to post this a couple of days ago….This story is not that clear cut.
    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Student-Claims-She-Was-Punched-During-School-Fight-in-Coral-Springs-362550881.html