Philadelphia, PA– Police arrested six teenagers at a school in suburban Philadelphia after a video one of them shot showed them beating a 13-year-old boy, tossing him in a tree and then hanging him from a wrought-iron fence by the hood of his coat.
The teens were led out of their school in handcuffs Monday. “It’s bullying. It’s bullying in America at its worst,” said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police in Upper Darby Township, Pa., according to NBC’s “Today” show.
Nadin Khoury, 13, says he was on his way home from school when seven older teenagers jumped him and began punching and kicking him outside an apartment complex. One of his alleged attackers filmed the assault, which went on for more than 20 minutes before a woman driving by the scene leapt out of her car and chased the bullies off.
On the video — which the teens later posted to YouTube — Khoury’s attackers can be heard laughing at him as tries to get away. And one young woman, apparently a fellow student, is seen on the tape ignoring Khoury’s cries for help and simply walking away.
Khoury said he plans to testify against the teens in court. “Don’t be afraid to speak out; tell somebody what’s going on because if you tell them, maybe this will happen and somebody will take action,” he told NBC.