Five teenagers are facing charges after brutally beating a student outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, slamming him on the ground so hard he suffered a concussion.
The savage attack took place after the white student said he feared being attacked and asked a friend to walk with him to the parking lot.
Each of the attackers faces a charge of felony battery following the assault. Chinua Leefatt, 15, Jordan Thompson, 16, Caleb Hensley, 17, and Sylvester Hicks Jr, 16, have been taken into custody. Jahmeer Beautziel, 17, has not been arrested yet. Four of the attackers are from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Leefatt attends Coral Glades High School according to the Daily Mail.
Disturbing video of the incident surfaced several days ago. It shows one of the attackers slamming the boy head-first onto the concrete. That fractured his skull and knocked him out as others rushed to his side. At least two of the attackers are said to have kept punching the victim after he was slammed to the ground. The boy was hospitalized but is now recovering at home.
‼️WARNING! SHOCKING VIOLENCE! Student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland brutally beaten.
Witnesses say this took place after school hours at North Community Park.
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The boy evidently had good reason to fear being attacked. One of his friends recounted that 15 students chased him before he was assaulted.
Multiple witnesses claim that one of the teens pulled a knife during the attack last week.
“I was there when they started chasing him, but when I left, he was just in an ambulance leaving, so I heard that he got… he fractured his skull or something,” Patrick Fox, a friend of the victim told WSVN.
The four teens who were arrested were detained at the Juvenile Assessment Center. They were reportedly pulled from their classrooms and carted off by the police. There is no word on the fifth teen who has an arrest warrant issued against him. There is no report on when he is expected to be apprehended or why he hasn’t been so far.
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“They got people who were arrested in class,” student Robert Gurkle told WSVN. “Some people were taken out for questioning. This is crazy to me. No one deserves that. It’s nuts that it even happened.”
“Our detectives have worked tirelessly around the clock, along with our law enforcement partners to include the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, to swiftly identify and apprehend the individuals involved,” police asserted via a statement.
“The safety of our community and schools remains our top priority,” the statement added. “This continues to be an ongoing investigation where additional arrests may be forthcoming. We want to assure the public that such behavior will not be tolerated.”
PICTURED: Four of the five teens charged in brutal beating of Parkland high school student after shocking video showed him being slammed into concrete and knocked out cold
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“This incident is deeply upsetting, and we’re thankful that the injured student is recovering. Our thoughts are with him, his family, and all of the families that have been impacted,” Broward County School Board Chair Lori Alhadef said in a statement on the assault.
“We’re thankful to the Coral Springs Police Department and the school administration for quickly collaborating to identify the five students. Their arrests serve as a crucial lesson about the severe consequences that can come of one’s actions,” she emphasized.
The judge ordered the teens who appeared in court Thursday to be released to their parents and they will be under intensive home detention supervision for the next 21 days. They will not be allowed back in school until the school board approves it. The next court date is slated for January.
Considering that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was where one of the nation’s worst mass shootings took place, the attack is especially disturbing. Seventeen students and staff died in 2018 when Nikolas Cruz, now 24, opened fire and slaughtered them on Valentine’s Day. He’s now serving life in prison for the massacre.
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