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Viral video of student attack could lead to adult criminal charges at Howell High School

Posted at 6:48 PM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 18:48:27-04

(WSYM) — Editor's note: Warning: this video contains graphic content

The viral video circulating on social media in Livingston County shows two teens attacking a third teen. The victim falls to the ground and continues to get punched and kicked and has his shoes taken.

Parents who have watched the video say it is “nauseating” and “sad” and “makes me want to cry.”

Some contacted 7 Action News frustrated that only limited information was being given by the school district and police.

We’ve got some answers.

Howell Police confirm to 7 Action News this incident happened last Tuesday at the high school. They also say the student who was attacked has autism, but the investigation could reveal more than bullying. Police say the teens are cooperating, the case will go to the prosecutor and could result in adult assault charges.

Parents in Howell say the teens should be suspended and charged. Brandy Bigelow says, “Absolutely they should be prosecuted. The only thing we should be teaching our children is to love each other and be kind to each other and respect each other.”

Karen Somers says, “I feel sad for some of these kids. I know a lot of them are stressed out. So I hope somebody gets help for all of them.”

Some parents contacted us because the school district and police were not saying much about the case. The statement says:

"Howell High School and Howell Public Schools are aware of a video circulating that shows an assault on a student that took place shortly after the school day concluded. The incident was reported to the high school team by fellow students. Upon learning of the incident, the high school worked quickly to identify those involved. As a school and a district, we do not tolerate this type of behavior. The school has started the discipline process per the district’s student handbook, and law enforcement is involved."