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Myrtle Beach High student arrested following assault at Coastal Grand Mall

Myrtle Beach Police Department arrested a Myrtle Beach High School student following an alleged assault at Coastal Grand Mall. (Source: Mandy Noell). Myrtle Beach Police Department arrested a Myrtle Beach High School student following an alleged assault at Coastal Grand Mall. (Source: Mandy Noell).
Tonya Dennison, a MBHS student, has been charged with assaulting another MBHS student at Coastal Grand Mall. (Source: MBPD) Tonya Dennison, a MBHS student, has been charged with assaulting another MBHS student at Coastal Grand Mall. (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Police Department arrested a Myrtle Beach High student following an alleged assault at Coastal Grand Mall in which the victim said she had been bullied repeatedly by her attacker.

Tanya Denisson was arrested and charged with second degree assault and battery. Officers with MBPD arrested Denisson at Myrtle Beach High School Monday afternoon, according to Teal Harding with Horry County Schools.

According to the MBPD, the victim said she was shopping at a store in the mall when Denisson approached her. She brushed the victim's purse and said she would "get her at her car". The victim said when she left the store, the offender followed her.

MBPD reported that “once outside the store, the offender grabbed the victim by the hair and slapped her in the face.” Denisson allegedly continued to hold the victim's hair and dragged her to the ground. The victim also reported that the offender stomped on her face and head with her foot.

The fight ended when Denisson's friend stepped in and suggested that the victim “had had enough,” according to the police report.

When police arrived, they said the victim had a laceration to her left ring finger, most of her nail was missing and bleeding. The victim had a red mark on her right shoulder, and the right side of her neck. Police also say the victim had a scratch and swelling above her left eye.

According to the victim, she has been being bullied by Denisson since after the Christmas break of 2014. The victim was taken to the hospital where she requested X-rays for her injuries. The hospital visit revealed a head injury and strains to the neck.

The victim and offender both attended Myrtle Beach High School. Officials from Horry County Schools said the victim finished up her classwork for her senior year at the end of December, and is not currently an enrolled student.

Because the alleged assault did not happen on school grounds, Horry County School officials will evaluate the situation and decide if disciplinary action will be taken against Denisson at a later date. According to Teal Harding with HCS, the bystander who stepped in will probably not face any disciplinary action because the incident did not happen at school and she was not directly involved.

Teal says there is no report of any type of bullying filed at the school between the two girls, despite what the victim said about having to avoid Denisson while she was a student.

The incident coincided with Stop Bullying Day on February 9. Police call bullying a serious problem across the nation's middle and high school's, and not one that eludes local schools.?

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