The father of the Gwinnett high school student who was beaten by another student this week says his son’s assailant should face more serious charges.
He also said onlookers who didn’t intervene should also be punished.
Danny Egan says his son, David, a sophomore at Parkview High School, has undergone facial reconstruction surgery as a result of the Tuesday attack in a locker room that was caught on camera and went viral online. He told WSB-TV he thinks the attack was pre-meditated.
“You know what the most disturbing thing about it is?” he told WSB. “No one tried to help him … This is a premeditated group attack.”
The video, which Egan first shared with WXIA-TV on Wednesday, shows one boy punching the victim twice; the first punch sending the victim staggering up against lockers, the second knocking him to the floor. Several other students stood nearby, and nobody intervened.
The Gwinnett County School System told WSB the attacker could not be charged as an adult due to state law which defines the offenses that can lead to adult charges for a juvenile. The student was charged with juvenile aggravated battery. A school system spokesman said Parkview “handled this case well.”
The attack broke the boy’s nose away from his skull, the father said. His son was at Scottish Rite Hospital, according to the TV station.
The father said school officials haven’t treated the incident as seriously as it should have: “He didn't throw sand in his eyes, he didn't stab him in the arm with a pencil, he broke his skull.”