OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — On Tuesday, we showed you the video of a local high school student with autism being violently beaten. The incident was captured on cell phone video.
Jennifer Hoffman told 3News that her son, Nick, a 17-year-old junior at Polaris Career Center and Olmsted Falls High School, is seen in the video covering his head while being repeatedly punched and kicked by another student.
The mother says her son has autism and epilepsy, making him a target for bullies. The events on Monday reinforced that fact. Her son, she said, was assaulted twice Monday, the second was captured on video.
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According to police, the videotaped attack was revenge because Nick had reported another bullying incident earlier in the day.
In light of the violence, 3News Investigates went to the accused bully's house on Wednesday morning.
And just like many of you, his family is disturbed by the beating.
His sister, who has custody of him, didn’t want to go on camera.
But she did tell us she’s “disgusted” by her brother’s behavior and she “sympathized” with Nick and his mother.
She also said her brother is learning disabled. She said her brother was suspended for ten days and has an upcoming expulsion hearing. She said he “deserves the consequences” of his actions, but she’s hoping he doesn’t get expelled.
School Superintendent Bob Timmons released this statement Tuesday:
"We were made aware of an incident that occurred yesterday of an alleged student assault which was video-taped and posted to social media. We immediately began an investigation and are following our disciplinary procedures. We take any form of aggression seriously as the safety of our students is our first priority."