Teen claims he was ‘ambushed’ in violent Snapchat attack
A California high schooler was seriously injured after being sucker punched in what the teen says was a planned assault that was later posted on Snapchat.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the 15-year-old told KTLA he believes he was “ambushed” by the two older students who allegedly lured him from his classroom inside Simi Valley High School with a fake note.
The note was presented to the boy’s teacher, requesting his presence elsewhere in the school.
When the student got out of the classroom, he was attacked.
“And then I’m ambushed, pretty much,” he recalled to KTLA. “All I know is I was getting hit a couple of times, then being in a chokehold and still getting hit, and then it’s pretty much black.”
Footage shot by another student shows the teen walking through campus before being approached by two 17-year-olds who immediately begin punching and kicking him.
KTLA reported that the boy suffered a concussion and injuries to his jaw and shoulders as a result of the attack.
He claimed, during his interview with the publication, that he did not know his assailants.
According to the victim, he was beat up over an insensitive comment he made about another student’s suicide. The boy told KTLA he made the comment to a friend.
It’s unclear what was said.
A Simi Valley High School student claims he was “ambushed” in an attack that was taped and posted on Snapchat.
“It was a stupid remark,” but wound up being posted on social media, according to the boy.
The boy’s attorney, Jennifer Ryan, told the outlet the reaction was over the top.
“They could have killed him,” she said. “This was not a fight. It’s very clear he was blindsided.”
Ryan went on to say that the case may be in violation of “Jordan’s Law,” which was signed into state legislature in October.
“You can’t videotape these crimes and post them publicly,’ she said.
The law states that violent felonies that are “willfully” videotaped or streamed live by attackers or bystanders associated with the attackers can result in harsher penalties.
Police told KTLA the attackers were taken into custody. One is facing potential charges of battery with serious bodily injury. The other may be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim’s parents are considering suing the school district as well, they told the news source.