- The students are facing up to 15 years in jail if convicted following the brawl at Martin Van Buren High School on Thursday
- Both of the defendants were stabbed during the attack, but their injuries are not life-threatening
Two New York City teenagers have been arrested after they were filmed stomping on a classmate’s head in a ‘vicious attack’.
The two suspects, both 17, were also stabbed during the brawl at Martin van Buren High School in Queens on Thursday. The suspects had non life-threatening injuries, and both are in a stable condition.
In shocking footage of the brawl, released by the District Attorney, the victim is pushed down the stairs and slammed into a door before a group of boys descend on him.
‘The brutality was chilling under any circumstance, but that it occurred in what parents should be able to assume is a safe place for their children is as unsettling as the violence captured on video,’ District Attorney Melinda Katz said.
The two defendants face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. There were at least four other attackers seen on the video who have not yet been arrested.
Two New York City teenagers have been arrested after they were filmed stomping on a classmate’s head in a ‘vicious attack’
In the video of the assault, a boy bodytackles the victim down the stairs in the school corridor, slamming him into a metal door.
The pair crash through the door and more students descend on the victim who lies prone on the floor while they kick him and try to stamp on his head.
Someone briefly appears to try to help him to his feet before another attacker kicks him in the head.
He is then pulled over to the stairs where at least four other boys jump on him in a pile and start punching.
The group of boys then appears to disperse and the victim and one remaining attacker start punching each other in the stairwell.
The District Attorney’s office said: ‘Both defendants, along with four others who have not yet been apprehended, kicked, stomped and punched the victim multiple times in the head and body while the victim was in a prone position on the floor.’
They added that both defendants were stabbed during the fight.
One of them was stabbed in the stomach and the other in the shoulder, with neither suffering life threatening injuries.
After the brawl one of the attackers was found to be carrying a loaded pistol
The attackers piled on top of the victim on the stairs before dispersing. Two 17 year olds, who were stabbed, have been charged with ‘gang assault’. Another four involved have not yet been arrested
Both of them were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and are said to be in a stable condition.
When police officers arrived at the school they grabbed the victim, who was suspected of stabbing the two boys, and took him to the 105th Precinct, according to New York Daily News.
But the victim claimed self-defense and showed authorities the social media video of the attack that supported his claim.
New York Daily News said the Queens District Attorney’s Office then told police to void his arrest.
The victim suffered ‘bruising to his face and eye’.
A fellow student told the outlet on Thursday: ‘I was trying to walk my girlfriend to her class and as we got to the staircase we saw them get in an altercation.
‘These two boys had an altercation. One of them was losing bad and he pulled out a knife and stabbed [the other one].’
The incident happened at Martin Van Buren High School in the Queens borough of the city just before 2pm on Thursday
One student was stabbed in the stomach and the other in the shoulder, with neither suffering life threatening injuries
After the fight, the first alleged attacker was searched in the principal’s office and was found carrying a 9mm semi-automatic Smith & Wesson pistol ‘loaded with a round in the chamber and seven rounds in the magazine’.
The school was placed into a ‘soft lockdown’ where teachers lock classroom doors and turn of lights, but it was lifted by 3pm.
The first alleged attacker is charged with attempted gang assault in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.
The second is charged with attempted gang assault in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree.
They are due to appear in court on February 8.