KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say an online argument sparked a violent confrontation between two Kenmore West high school students.
Now, while one is in the hospital recovering from serious injuries, the girl accused of running her over with a car could be allowed back to school -and that's not sitting well with classmates.
The last month of school at Kenmore West will be quite different for some students, after a year of having fun.
"We're both very outgoing. Obnoxious and crazy," Kaylie Jones said about her best friend Maddy Silvia.
But now, Maddy is suffering. She's bound to a hospital bed after being run over by an SUV. Her pelvis and bones in her spine are broken. Her pancreas is cut in half.
If her recovery goes well, it will be months before she resumes living a normal life. And things that normal high school students are worried about, like prom and graduation, are out of the question for Maddy.
"It's just like my other half isn't there. To celebrate my senior prom and graduation," Kaylie said.
But those are activities the suspect, 18-year-old Liana Nieves, will likely be allowed to attend, if she wishes. It appears Nieves will be allowed back to school. The Ken-Ton superintendent wouldn't comment specifically on this case, but says when someone gets in trouble after school and off school property, the school can't punish them for it.
"And we're having a hard time swallowing that one. It's a tough one to take," said Janine Jones, Kaylie's mother.
"It's going to be hard to look her in the eye knowing, you tried killing someone. Not just hurting someone, but killing them," Kaylie said.
Kaylie says Liana wasn't known as the kind of person to do something this violent. She believes Liana was upset at Maddy over a hurtful rumor. And to Kaylie, none of this seems fair.
"I'm trying to tell myself I won't see her. Because I can't get that through my head that she will be able to celebrate everything Maddy's been looking forward to. But Maddy can't," Kaylie said.
Liana is due in Town of Tonawanda court Thursday afternoon for a felony hearing.
There is a fund set up to help Maddy's family with medical costs. If you want to donate, contact any Citizens Bank and reference the "Madeline Silvia fundraiser."
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