Student's clothes ripped off in Roxborough bullying case

December 7, 2010 7:15:15 AM PST
Philadelphia police and the school district are investigating a severe case of bullying at Roxborough High School.

Two of the three victims who spoke exclusively with Action News say it happened about 9:30 a.m. in the boy's gym locker room.

They say a half dozen seniors and a couple of juniors were going around with a video camera trying to pull the clothes off of younger students and photograph their privates to put on YouTube.

A 15-year-old freshman, whom we are not identifying, was among the three victims.

"They shredded my underwear and pulled me under the bench and dragged me around the locker room and all took pictures of me," the freshman said.

A 15-year-old sophomore witnessed the whole incident.

"They were videotaping it so they could get it on YouTube, I guess, to make it worse for the other kids; it was horrible," the sophomore said.

He says only moments earlier, they tried to do it to him.

"I was scared, it was like 7 of them, and they couldn't get to me cause I was fighting back and I was pushing them off and then they stopped and moved on to two other kids," the sophomore said.

They then moved on to another student, but they were unsuccessful in attempting to remove his thermal long johns as the victim was trying to fight them off.

That's when they moved on to the 15-year-old freshman.

"They grabbed my underwear and ripped it and I just kept fighting them off; it was humiliating," the freshman said.

The freshman's grandmother is outraged about what happened.

"It kind of messes your head up when somebody does that. It's like you're gang raped," the grandmother said.

The sophomore agrees, "That's what it felt like when they were trying to do it to me."

The students involved received a 5-day suspension, but some of the victims' parents feel that's not good enough.

"What happened to my grandson today was criminal, it was heinous, it wasn't even a joke," the grandmother said.

In a statement to Action News late Monday, the school district says it is actively investigating the matter. It adds that acts of bullying and harassment in its schools are not tolerated and are taken very seriously.

Meanwhile, the investigation by the police special victims is ongoing, but no charges have been filed.

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