Atlanta police have charged four students for allegedly participating in a 20-person melee directed at two gay teens.
Tim Jefferson, 16, told WGCL that he was leaving Carver School of Technology with his friend when classmates began shouting racial and homophobic slurs.
Cell phone video obtained by WGCL showed dozens of students huddled around as a young man is being beaten. According to WGCL reporter Tylar Bacome, students described the melee as a “5-round fight with punches being thrown by as many as 20 students at one point.”
Jefferson recalled that one student jammed a screwdriver right next to his eye.
“My face, my eye, my lip, on my back, my spine right in the middle, the back of my neck and I got hit in the back of my head,” the teen said, pointing out his injuries.
Jefferson also noted that a principal at Carver School of Technology watched the fight, but did nothing to help.
“He should have called in the proper authorities,” Jefferson’s mother, Sabrina, insisted. She added that her son had been attacked about eight times this year because he was gay.
Jefferson has not been back to school since the attack because he said that one of the students promised to shoot him if he returned. Although his mother is transferring him to a different school, the 16 year old vowed to press charges against his attackers.
“I want some justice,” he explained. “If God’s willing, I’m going to get justice.”
Atlanta police said that three students would be charged for public fighting. Jefferson’s friend, who was also allegedly attacked for being gay, is facing charges of disorderly conduct.
Watch the video below from WGCL, broadcast April 23, 2015.