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Two charged in videotaped beating

Police have charged two juveniles in connection with the attack on a 17-year-old Bowie High School student Friday that was captured on video and posted to the Internet, authorities said Wednesday.

The two are in the custody of their parents and are facing charges of second-degree assault, theft under $500 and other related counts, said Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. She said she did not know how old the boys were and could not release their names because they were charged as juveniles. The Washington Post generally does not name juveniles charged in crimes unless they are charged as adults.

Hines said the victim was able to identify the suspects from a yearbook.

Footage of the beating, which apparently occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, shows a young attacker from behind who is weaving through a crowded hallway. It was posted on YouTube and linked on the WTOP radio Web site, which first reported the incident, but it has since been taken down.

On the video, the attacker swerved, knocked the 17-year-old victim onto his back then repeatedly punched his head and upper body.

After the attack, the victim's father said, someone stole his iPod and backpack. Hines confirmed that Wednesday.

Only one teenager is seen throwing punches in the video, but other students were identified as participants in the planning and execution of the assault, Prince George's schools spokesman Darrell Pressley said Tuesday.

All face possible expulsion, he said.

Iqbal Alami, the teenage victim's father, said on Sunday his son was sore and has a couple of bumps on his head. "God only knows how this is affecting him," he said. He said his son, a rising 12th-grader, does not want to return to the school.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  |  June 16, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  Juvenile Justice , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Just once will the Post follow-up on a "minor" crime (by the standards of PGCPS anyway) and let us know, in one year, if the assailants lost their liberty for anything more than a day, if they were, in fact, expelled from Bowie High School, or if, in reality, no meaningful punishment was issued, the victim dropped out or moved away, and the offenders did not even suffer any deserved stigma as their "process" all took place behind the veil of anonymity designed to "protect juveniles."

Who's protecting the victim?

And when will the Post address the hate crime angle being reported in other publications? When?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 16, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet the attackers were future democrats and obama type voters.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 16, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think that PG County Public Schools or the bullies parents should pay for the victim to complete his senior year at a private school and replace his belongings. Schools and parents need to begin discussing bullying and discrimination on an ongoing basis when children are young.

Posted by: SocialWorker1 | June 16, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"I think that PG County Public Schools or the bullies parents should pay for the victim to complete his senior year at a private school and replace his belongings. Schools and parents need to begin discussing bullying and discrimination on an ongoing basis when children are young.

Posted by: SocialWorker1 | June 16, 2010 9:08 PM"

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Excellent idea ...

Posted by: gitouttahere | June 16, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"I think that PG County Public Schools or the bullies parents should pay for the victim to complete his senior year at a private school and replace his belongings. Schools and parents need to begin discussing bullying and discrimination on an ongoing basis when children are young.

Posted by: SocialWorker1 | June 16, 2010 9:08 PM"

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Excellent idea ...

Posted by: gitouttahere | June 16, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

The charge should be attempted murder because they could have killed the child they attacked. They could have caused permanent brain injury or loss of vision or worse. Sick. What kind of parenting or schooling creates sickos like this. Where were the adults in the hallway? I suppose the school system will feel sorry for the attackers and protect them and ignore the victim and his family. Shame on PG.

Posted by: bealtaine1 | June 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad story and it happens more often than people think. These kids posted this video online and got caught, but there are many more events like this that happen that are not posted or recorded in PG County Schools.

When I went to school in PG County, White, Asian, and Latino kids get picked on all the time by Black kids especially if they were not cool kids. And it is racism because these kid were specifically targeted by the Black kids because of their race.

Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Maybe we should get the Klu Klux Klan to defend these minority kids?

Posted by: sarahfromdc | June 17, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

These types of events happen at in almost every single school around in country. It happens in private schools; catholic schools and charter schools.

Bullying is a serious and national problem. They exist everywhere and from all races including on the internet. Which I'm sure comes as a surprise, especially to the persistent PGC Haters that post negative comments every single time something negative occurs in PGC.

To all Prince George's County Haters & Bashers that DON'T LIVE here: please focus (instead of spending useless time posting over and over again negative comments re PGC) and try to make a difference in your own communities, especially the kids and Sr. citizens.

To all Prince George's County Haters & Bashers that DO LIVE here: please focus (instead of spending useless time posting over and over again negative comments re PGC) and try to positively impact the schools in your neighborhoods. Volunteer or become a mentor. Reach out to your community Sr. Citizens, surely the could use your help as well. Hold our elected officials accountable and stop voting for individuals that have done more harm then good to our county and its reputation. In other words, be a part of the solution.


What happened is very sad. Hopefully this young man receives the help he needs. Hopefully the attackers are dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Posted by: PGCResident1 | June 17, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

This is happening all over in American public schools, not just PG County, Maryland. As for the bigots posting, you can always count on the entertainment value of clowns.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | June 17, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Just once will the Post follow-up on a "minor" crime (by the standards of PGCPS anyway) and let us know, in one year, if the assailants lost their liberty for anything more than a day, if they were, in fact, expelled from Bowie High School, or if, in reality, no meaningful punishment was issued, the victim dropped out or moved away, and the offenders did not even suffer any deserved stigma as their "process" all took place behind the veil of anonymity designed to "protect juveniles."

Who's protecting the victim?

And when will the Post address the hate crime angle being reported in other publications? When?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 16, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

??? When I watched the youtube video all three kids looked black to me. So how is it racial motivate??? It look like just another case of bullying.

Posted by: redskinsgirl | June 17, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Bullying and these type of heinous attacks in U.S. schools have been occuring for decades! It is not a Black, White, Asian, or Hispanic crime, it is a crime of power and prestige amongst bullies. It doesn't matter what race these kids are, what matters is the health of the victim, how will the county handle the bullies, how can this young teen finish out his senior year, and how can bullying be eliminated in our schools!

I agree the families of the teens involved should pay for the last year of schooling if the family pursues a private school. They should also pay for his health care and damages. Look, this kid could have been one push or kick away from retaliating in a Columbine fashion or he could have fell and hit his head trying to get away like the teen in Crofton last year who died after being jumped near his house. Bullies create rage and retaliation in these kids minds and when they snap, it could be like Chao at Virginia Tech, Columbine and countless other mass shootings in educational settings.

I have worked with people who bring their childhood wrongs to work. They were bullies or bullied and they either continue to bully or the victims become the agressor in the work place. Trust me, the damage this teen has experienced will manifest and rise out of him if he does not get counseling NOW before I (HR) have to deal with employees who have similar experiences and turn the workplace into a harassment zone. It just doesn't end when the teen graduates!

Best wishes young man!

Posted by: Ross65 | June 17, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

young savages.... developing their life -skills... beating people up.. dealing... strong arm robbery.... so they can advance to car -jacking.. murder .. rape....

losers most of them.... and they wonder why tey don't get no respect...

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 17, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

These thugs could have come right from my neighborhood which buses kids to Bowie HS. I'm not surprised at all that they would plot to assault someone in the hallway for fun and post it on the internet. Until you live around these cruddy types of individuals, you wouldn't believe some of the type of unscrupulous acts they have committed. Most of them have already spent time in jail and look at it as a badge of honor instead of something that will hinder their employment opportunities.

Jabreal00 - my kid graduated from Bowie HS in 99 and what you spoke of is absolutely true. I can see why kids are dumber and more violent. How can you possibly concentrate on school work when your main concern is your safety and looking out for perpetrators.

Posted by: keedrow | June 17, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Laughing at these bigots who only write posts when something awful happens in PGC, but can't see a single post when similar activity happens in Alexandria, Fairfax, Montgomery County. Hmmmm . . . I wonder why? Get the hate out of your hearts and minds.

Posted by: 80sGolfer | June 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

This is a very very unfortuanate situation but also a National Crisis.

But will agree that posters seem to attack PGC consistently and aggressively while NOT posting on criminal activities occurring in their own back yards.

One shouldn't throw stones when IF living in glass houses (communities) themselves:


SHOOTING AT DC CHECK CASHING STORE
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/the-district/shooting-at-dc-check-cashing-s.html


DEADLY STANDOFF IN FREDERICK CO.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/frederick/deadly-standoff-in-frederick-c.html


THIRD ROBBERY AT LOUDON HOTEL
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/loudoun/loudoun-hotel-robbed-third-tim.html


GUNMAN ROBS VIENNA 7-ELEVEN
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/crime-seen/video-gunman-robs-vienna-7-ele.html

Posted by: TwoSons | June 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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