Published on Oct 4, 2012
A surveillance camera captured a disturbing and violent school beating at a middle school in Indiana. Now, the teenager and his parents are suing the school district because they say it isn’t doing enough to prevent instances of bullying.
In the video, 13-year-old Austin McDaniel is put into a choke hold and slammed to the ground by a 15-year-old student. The bully then proceeded to punch McDaniel incessantly, delivering dozens of blows until his victim is beaten unconscious.
Students can be seen all around watching the incident, however, no one steps in to help McDaniel — they just watch.
“It makes you sick to your stomach really,” McDaniel told WUFX.
The teen’s mother said they were very close to offices and classrooms but no teachers or staff members at Benjamin Rush Middle School came to help. She is also furious about how the school responded once they were made aware of the beating.
“My son sat at the school with a head concussion and other injuries for an hour and twelve minutes before they called,” she said.
The mother also said the school swept the incident under the rug and failed to inform parents about the attack or address it with students.
To make matters worse, McDaniel’s friend Logan got beat up just 11 days later, leaving both students afraid of when the next attack will come.
“This is a complete lack of supervision. This is a complete lack of watching what is going on in front of you. It’s just every parent’s worst nightmare,” another unidentified parent says.
A lawsuit is being filed by both teens and their parents against the Rush County school district in hopes it will do more to address bullying in the future