College boy faces charges after racial incident fight video goes viral, officials say
CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – The Liberty Police Department said charges have been laid against a Casey County middle school student after video posted on social media showed him attack another student.
As reported by WKYT, the video showed a white student putting a black student in a chokehold while others watched in the school restroom. The black student then appears to pass out. A racist insult could also be heard during the attack.
The incident took place last week and on Monday Liberty police said the student who appeared to be the attacker has since been charged with strangulation and assault.
“Every school faces fights and altercations. Each of them is different. I can’t say that I had a strangulation situation at school. This is definitely a first,” said Jordan Buis of Liberty Police.
Local parents and pupils at the school said they were aware of other fights in the toilets which got out of control.
“I think it’s horrible what happened. I don’t think they should have done that to that boy,” student Kloe May said.
Authorities said it is currently up to the juvenile system to consider punishing the charged student and weigh the role racial motivation may have played.
Casey County Schools also released the following statement after the incident:
“Casey County Schools is aware of video circulating on social media involving an incident at Casey County College.
The incident happened last Friday and school administrators took immediate action with the support of a Liberty Police Department deputy who serves as the school resource officer (SRO).
School administrators and the SRO have been in communication with the parents throughout the investigation. No further information can be released as all parties involved are minors and the investigation is still ongoing.
Casey County School Superintendent. Barry Lee added:
“The behavior that occurred in the video will not be tolerated. School administrators and the SRO took immediate action, but we must continue to be proactive in helping our students understand that this is not acceptable behavior in our schools or in our communities.
Liberty Police said their investigation is continuing and they are checking in with other students who were shown in the video.
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