Video: Student beating at Bowie school
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
| June 15, 2010; 6:05 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland | Tags: bowie, school
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