NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A Niagara Falls mother is defending herself, and her daughter, after video of a fight was posted on Facebook. Police claim Eula McCray was forcing her daughter to fight.
McCray claims she wanted her daughter to defend herself after constant bullying.
Eula McCray's family picked her up from the Niagara Falls Police Station Friday after she posted bail that was set at $2,500. McCray tells 2 On Your Side she wants people to know that she's not a bad mother.
"I'm not a bad person that people are trying to make me be, and I do all I can for my kids," McCray said. "It's soon her birthday and I can't even be around her."
Video was released of her daughter and another girl fighting in Niagara Falls that authorities say was taken on someone's cell phone. The two girls' faces are blurred in the video, but the woman who is in the white shirt is the mother Eula McCray.
Authorities say she was encouraging the fight and was literally screaming at her daughter to use her fists.
McCray, 34, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, including endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.
McCray defends herself and told us that her daughter was followed home from school and has been verbally and physically bullied now for two years. McCray wanted her daughter to defend herself, encouraging her to fight.
The family claims they complained to school officials and police about the bullying, but they never filed a written police report.
"What else is there to do when you go the right way to get help and they don't want to give you the help?" McCray said. "Instead of staying closed in, I thought, what else is there to do? You're going to have to fight."
Authorities tell 2 On Your Side that when you listen to the audio it doesn't appear to be a mother trying to encourage the daughter to stand up for herself. They say its sounds like McCray is bullying her daughter into fighting, and her daughter clearly does not want to fight.
McCray said she currently can't see her daughter except under supervision. McCray's court hearing is scheduled for the first week in May.