VIDEO | 8th grader arrested after video surfaces of beating in New Albany
New Albany Police are investigating after a video of a juvenile being repeatedly punched surfaced on Facebook.
NEW ALBANY, In. (WDRB) – New Albany Police are investigating after a video of a juvenile being repeatedly punched surfaced on Facebook.
The video appears to show two juveniles, one of whom repeatedly punches the other. The one receiving the punches isn't seen retaliating.
Anthony Robinson says the boy receiving the beating is his 11-year old son.
“He shouldn't have to walk in his own neighborhood, go to the park, and get beat up for no reason,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s son is a 5th grader at Hazelwood Middle School in New Albany. According to police, the boy seen supplying the punches is an 8th grader at Hazelwood.
New Albany Police say they have seen the video, and as a result, the 8th grader was arrested and charged with battery.
“Fifteen years old, you’re old enough to know right from wrong,” said the 5th grader’s aunt, Nena Doty “You’re old enough to know that it’s not OK to pick on somebody less than you.”
Robinson said it happened on Tuesday as his son was walking from school to the Boys and Girls Club in New Albany. Now, he said, his son is struggling to even go outside.
“My son cannot leave the house,” Robinson said. “It’s not right. It's not right.”
Robinson also says his son has been bullied previously at school as well.
“He told the teachers, and I have not received one phone call,” he said. “I could have prevented it all. I could have gone and picked up him and brought him home from school.”
New Albany-Floyd County Schools released the following the statement:
“The reported incident occurred off of school grounds on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. after the students left the Boys and Girls Club. Probation and our School Resource Officer are involved and handling this unfortunate situation.”
The person who took the video and originally posted it is not currently being charged.
New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey says the 8th grade suspect was transferred to Floyd County Juvenile Authorities.
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