Three teens face assault charges in school beating

Three teen­agers are fa­cing as­sault charges in con­nec­tion with the video­taped after-school beat­ing of an­oth­er youth in Castor Gar­dens on Jan. 28, an at­tack that some news me­dia have likened to the “knock­out game.” Ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports, the vic­tim at­tends eighth grade at Woo­drow Wilson Middle School at Cottman and Lor­etto av­en­ues, while the at­tack­ers are en­rolled at either Wilson or the nearby North­east High School. A Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­man re­portedly told the In­quirer that a sev­enth-grade Wilson stu­dent video­taped the at­tack and was among those ar­res­ted.

Au­thor­it­ies learned of the seem­ingly ran­dom beat­ing after someone pos­ted the 30-second video on a so­cial me­dia web­site. The foot­age shows two youths punch­ing the vic­tim and beat­ing him to the pave­ment in a drive­way between row­houses. The per­son film­ing the at­tack can be heard laugh­ing as the epis­ode un­folds. Po­lice be­lieve that it oc­curred near Cottman and Large Street, about two blocks from Wilson. The vic­tim did not suf­fer ser­i­ous in­jur­ies and did not no­ti­fy au­thor­it­ies ini­tially.

After view­ing the video, po­lice and school of­fi­cials iden­ti­fied the al­leged at­tack­ers and vic­tim, who sub­sequently met with de­tect­ives. Au­thor­it­ies have not re­leased the names of those in­volved be­cause they are minors. ••

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