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Posted at 6:05 AM ET, 06/15/2010

Video: Student beating at Bowie school

By Mike McPhate

Updated 5:15 p.m.:

Prince George’s County authorities are investigating the beating of a student at Bowie High School after video of the assault was posted on Facebook, school officials said.

Footage of the beating, which happened shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, begins with the young attacker weaving through a crowded hallway. He swerves, knocks the 17-year-old victim onto his back then repeatedly punches the victim's head and upper body.

Someone then made off with the victim’s iPod and backpack.

While only one teenager is seen throwing blows in the video, other students have been identified as participants in the planning and execution of the attack, said Prince George's schools spokesman Darrell Pressley. All could face expulsion, he said.

The Prince George's County sheriff's office plans to review security camera footage from the school in its probe, said Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a spokeswoman.

The victim’s family is pushing for criminal charges. Iqbal Alami, the teen’s father, described his son as a shy kid who keeps to himself. He’s been bullied at least a couple of times at the school, Alami said. But never like this.

The boy suffered soreness and a couple of bumps on his head in the attack, his father said. As far as his mental state, “God only knows how this is affecting him,” he said.

What is certain is that he doesn’t want to return to Bowie High School, Alami said.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 15, 2010; 6:05 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  bowie, school  
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The first problem this parent has is living in P.G. County, secondly, he has his kid going to a P.G. public school. Those 2 things there smell of trouble. Sell your home and move to a safer part of D.C./MD/VA or send your kid to a private school

Posted by: rickymartin94 | June 15, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

PG, say no more

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 15, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

This is horrible. People should be able to live wherever they want, and their children should be able to safely attend the schools that are paid for by their family's tax dollars. We need to get these bad seeds out, and save the ones who really want to learn and progress. Put our best efforts and resources where it really counts. Expulsion? Not enough. Once we start dealing with these children and their parents in a no-nonsense way (criminal charges) maybe we'll get better results.

Posted by: jennjen | June 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The location is not the issue as these attacks happen all over. And attacks in schools have been happening for 30 some years now. The difference is that there are cameras everywhere now and incidents can go 'viral' in seconds.

These kids are not martians; they come from US. We have a collective responsibility to raise them better.

If you go back and watch video of racists yelling slurs and waving confederate flags in Little Rock and other places, imagine if technology permitted those atrocious actions to be broadcast instantaneously?

Violence has always been there...some of us who are now older like to rewrite history or downplay the truth. We like to 'white'wash history to make the truth more palatable.

And those that do so are probably the parents of these miscreants but use race and status as an excuse for their failures as parents and as human beings. Race and money and zip code don't make you better; your words/deeds/actions, those things that make up CHARACTER is what defines you.

And you can't hide from that...

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 15, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Kahlua, everything you say is so true.

Posted by: donnabee1 | June 15, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"The location is not the issue as these attacks happen all over."
I beg to differ with you on this statement. Although you're right with the fact that attacks can occur any place any time, these types of attacks occur more often in P.G. county and it's public school. Why do you think P.G. county is always considered the armpit of the tristate area? Because it is. My statement isn't implying every person is bad or causes trouble, but I'm willing to bet P.G. produces more criminals and has more crime than any other county in the area. Fairfax and Montgomery counties are much better areas to raise kids and you pay a premium to do so. I consider it is worth the cost so my kids have a better chance at not dealing with these types of issues.

Posted by: rickymartin94 | June 15, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

This is not a PG county thing this is a nationwide thing. Kids are out of control and as far as I am concerned are not being properly punished for these types of behaviors.

With this video footage they should be able to identify these characters and prosecute them for assault. See the problem is they allow these hoodlums free run of the school system to the point they just feel they can do what they want when they feel like it. They pat them on the back of the hand and send them on their way to terrorize more students. Thank god this poor child wasn't shot or stabbed which could have been the end result.

Hopeful this will bring the needed attention to the neglect of the school administrations at various area schools when it comes to the unwarranted assaults on children.

Posted by: msruby36 | June 15, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Rickymartin, my Granddaddy had a saying

'If you throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the one who hollers is the one that got hit'

Obviously, you got hit or else you wouldn't be defending your statements.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 15, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The apologists never cease to amaze me. This is a PGC thing. I grew up in PA and went to school there until I moved to MD as a sophomore in high school. My parents bought in PGC unknowingly. There was a stark difference between the high school I went to in PGC and what I've been accustomed to in PA. Although it was a fairly mixed school at that time, there was violence especially from the urban demographics. They fought over women, petty grievances, petty slights or even just looks. They were preoccupied with what brand clothing other people wore. They were disruptive in classes. It was bad and I speak from experience. Luckily I was a Junior and was cloistered in honors classes from the hoards.

So in a nutshell, there are really no good PGC schools. Roosevelt is decent if one is in the Science and Tech program. If a family is middle class and care about education, live in MoCo, Fairfax, or HoCo.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 15, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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