Warning, Graphic Content: Teens Beat Wendy's Worker and Post Video on YouTube

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QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y. -- In what may have been a planned attack in hopes of Internet popularity, a gang of teenage girls attacked a worker in a Queens Village Wendy's, capturing the whole thing with cell phones.

Michelle Ortiz, 42-year-old mother of five, was working at the Wendy's on Springfield Ave. Friday night when a food fight turned into an all-out fight and she decided to intervene. The girls turned on her and began slugging Ortiz in the face while her manager remained behind the counter.

Students from Martin Van Buren High School told the PIX 11 News that the fight was planned in order to post it online in hopes that it would go "viral".

"I have five kids, they don't need to see this on Twitter and YouTube," Ortiz said, "they made a movie and I was the victim of it."

Some students who had seen the video didn't side with Ortiz, however. "Two girls were going to fight in the Wendy's and then what? Then she throw up her middle finger and started cursing," said one student, "it wasn't her business, kids shouldn't fight, she shouldn't have been in the middle of it."

She admits to giving the finger while trying to defend herself against her attacker, but maintains she was just doing what she could.

She was taken to an area hospital with a concussion and several bumps and bruises. "You want to help, you want to put your life on the line," Ortiz said, "you can't do it, I didn't come out there like a hero, I was a mother."

"I'm not looking for problems, I am only giving you this interview because I am a mother," Ortiz told the PIX 11 News.

A Department of Education spokesperson told the PIX 11 News they are working with police to identify the teens involved. If caught, the teens face suspension and criminal charges.

"How could my manager just watch?" Ortiz said. "Only one kid helped, I don't know what would have happened if they didn't take those kids . . . and to be laughing, if this was your mother trust me, you would not be laughing."

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