Wilkinsburg police obtain arrest warrant in middle school beating
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Wilkinsburg police have obtained an arrest warrant in the beating of a Wilkinsburg Middle School student in a school bathroom.
Chief Ophelia Coleman said the teen will be charged with felony assault and two misdemeanors: conspiracy and unlawful restraint.
Authorities said the assault occurred between 2 and 2:30 p.m. --between class periods --in the boys' restroom near the cafeteria.
"He was beaten mercilessly," said Police Chief Ophelia Coleman.
The assault was captured on video, taken by someone inside the bathroom, then posted on Facebook, said Superintendent Archie Perrin.
In the graphic video, a 14-year-old boy who police said is also a middle school student is seen repeatedly kicking and punching a 13-year-old boy.
A school director brought the video to Mr. Perrin's attention last night, he said. This morning, Mr. Perrin encouraged the teen's mother to seek medical treatment for him because it appeared the student had been beaten about the head, he said.
Mr. Perrin said school officials have identified the students in the video, and the individual who is suspected in the beating was not in school today.
First Published February 15, 2013 1:11 pm