Student beating brings felony charges [UPDATED]Published 6:19am Friday, February 25, 2011 Updated 8:38am Friday, February 25, 2011
A Fergus Falls High School student was found laying on the ground in a fetal position trying to protect himself while three fellow students unleashed a violent attack on the teen and causing him substantial injuries.
The victim suffered a fractured arm and had a tooth knocked out and another displaced, according to court records. He sustained a lump the size of a silver dollar under his right eye that swelled shut. His nose was bleeding and both lips had been cut open and were bleeding, records state.
A 16-year-old Fergus Falls High School student is facing felony charges for his role in the February 17 fight near the Roosevelt Education Center.
The student was arraigned Thursday in Otter Tail County Court on 3rd degree assault charges. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he caused the the alleged victim substantial bodily harm. His court file is public because he is over 16 years of age and charged with a serious felony, but The Journal has chosen not to print his name because he is a juvenile.
The fight started at about 3:20 p.m. after the victim taunted three students, police reports state. The three students confronted the victim, who then threw a punch at one of the teens.
The teens retaliated. The fight was severe enough that a school district employee driving by the altercation pulled her vehicle off to the side of the road and ran across the street in an attempt to break up the fight, reports state. The victim was on the ground and the teens were punching and kicking him, reports state.
The school employee observed the three kicking the victim in the face and mouth. He was also being kicked in the hip area and back while his shirt was pulled over the top of head and shoulders, the report states. The teens were also throwing punches.
Witnesses said they saw one of the teens get on top of the victim and pound on the back of his head and facial area. The three teens eventually ran from the scene.
After the altercation, a witness reported one of the teens saying, “We kicked his ass into the street.” They were laughing and giving each other high-fives, the witness said.
Otter Tail County District Court Judge Waldemar Senyk on Thursday set a preliminary court trial for March 25.