Missouri Teen Brutally Attacked Near High School Makes Remarkable Recovery, Walking and Speaking Again

16-year-old Kaylee Gain brutally beaten by a fellow student, now walking and speaking short phrases less than 2 months later. Assault sparks broader conversation on bullying, school safety, and consequences of student violence.

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Missouri Teen Brutally Attacked Near High School Makes Remarkable Recovery, Walking and Speaking Again

Missouri Teen Kaylee Gain Making Remarkable Recovery After Brutal Beating

Kaylee Gain, a 16-year-old Missouri teen who was brutally beaten by a fellow student near Hazelwood High School on March 8, 2024, is now walking and speaking short phrases less than two months after the incident that left her in a coma and requiring brain surgery. The assault, which was captured on video, shows Gain being punched and having her head slammed onto a concrete sidewalk multiple times by 15-year-old Maurnice DeClue.

Gain suffered a fractured skull and brain bleeding in the attack, leaving her in critical condition. She underwent brain surgery and was in a coma for several weeks. However, as of mid-April 2024, Gain has made significant progress in her recovery. She has recently left the intensive care unit, begun speech therapy, and taken a few short walks with assistance, though she has no recollection of the altercation. "Kaylee is now making significant progress in her recovery, walking and speaking short phrases as of mid-April 2024, less than two months after the incident," a family member reported. "She still needs to wear a helmet when out of bed due to the missing section of her skull."

The fight between Gain and DeClue was reportedly the culmination of tension between the girls' rival friend groups and heated text exchanges. DeClue was arrested on March 9 and is being held by the St. Louis County Family Court on assault charges. Gain's family is pushing for DeClue to be tried as an adult due to the violent nature of the assault, and Missouri's attorney general has opened an investigation into the school's diversity policies, which he claims played a role in creating the environment that led to the fight.

DeClue's family claims she is the "real victim" and was defending herself, alleging that Gain had been bullying her. They created a GoFundMe campaign for DeClue's legal defense, but it was taken down. They have now launched a petition seeking to prevent the girl from being tried as an adult. Meanwhile, Gain's family has launched a GoFundMe campaign for her medical bills, which has raised nearly $400,000.

Why this matters: The brutal assault of Kaylee Gain has sparked a broader conversation about bullying, school safety, and the consequences of violent altercations among students. As the community grapples with this tragedy, it raises questions about how to prevent similar incidents and ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

The Hazelwood School District has acknowledged the incident as a tragedy and stated that bullying and fighting in the community is an issue that needs to be addressed. "The Hazelwood School District has acknowledged the incident as a tragedy and stated that bullying and fighting in the community is an issue that needs to be addressed," a district spokesperson said. As Gain continues her remarkable recovery and the legal case against DeClue progresses, the community remains focused on supporting the victim and her family while seeking justice and working to prevent future acts of violence.

Key Takeaways

  • 16-year-old Kaylee Gain brutally beaten by 15-year-old Maurnice DeClue near school.
  • Gain suffered fractured skull, brain bleeding, and was in a coma for weeks.
  • Gain now walking, speaking short phrases, but has no memory of the incident.
  • DeClue arrested, family claims self-defense, Gain's family seeks adult charges.
  • Incident sparks broader discussion on bullying, school safety, and student violence.