Beat Up a White Kid Day refers to an incident in Cleveland, Ohio when personal animosity between two girls led to an alleged attack by 18 black and Hispanic youths aged between 8 and 15 on one of the girls, a 13 year old white girl. Of the 18, six were convicted. There were allegations that this was part of a customary 'Beat up a White Kid' day but both prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed this arose from a vendetta between the two girls.
On May 1, 2003, school officials and students at Wilbur Wright Middle School separately notified police that "a large fight" was planned for after school near the intersection of Almira Avenue and West 110th street in Cleveland, Ohio. Initially, it was believed that police arrived as the attack was under way. However, two police cars were there prior to the attack and when school let out, they saw a large group of students walking in the street on West 110th. From their automobiles, the police warned them to walk on the sidewalk.
Some of the students moved to block the police cars as part of the preplanned attack. With the police kept at a distance, a pack of twelve girls and six boys, ages 9 through 15, began to run towards Melissa King, a 13-year-old white girl who was a student at Wilbur Wright and was walking home with two friends. On reaching King, one girl grabbed King's hair from behind and yanked her to the ground. Then the black and Hispanic youths, 17 of whom were students at Wilbur Wright, beat, kicked, and choked her. As they pummeled and scratched at King, the attackers called her "honky," "white trash," and "white bitch." One attacker was overheard saying, "I hit her and got my stomp in."