A Riverside high school freshman is beaten on video. Parents ask why no one has been arrested
A shocking video of a vicious fight in a Riverside high school parking lot has led to no arrests, angering the victim’s parents, who believe the episode is being swept under the rug.
A 14-year-old freshman was attacked just after school last Wednesday outside of Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley by at least three attackers, who can be seen in video kicking, hitting and stomping on the teenager as he lay helplessly on the ground lies ground.
Despite clear video of the incident, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made no arrests in the case, and the school district only addressed the shocking footage Tuesday — after KTLA released a report on the incident.
“We as parents take it pretty hard,” said Angel Payan, the father of the boy who was assaulted. “Seeing your son in the situation he was in was very painful.”
The Times does not name the boy because he is a minor.
Payan said the beatings stemmed from an argument related to his son’s ex-girlfriend, whom he posted about on social media. After his posts, the 14-year-old received threats on Instagram from strangers who didn’t attend his high school, Payan said.
On the day of the incident, Payan’s son received a message from someone on Instagram telling him he was at Patriot High School, Payan said.
Video of the incident shows the trio of attackers brutalizing the teenager, who is on the ground from the beginning of the footage. Numerous spectators watch from the side as the beatings take place. The child’s father said one of the attackers had a knife, although the boy was not injured by the knife.
Payan said he was informed by the director the same day that his son was the victim of the attack. When he saw his child, the boy was covered with bruises all over his head.
“He had a lot of knots in his head. The knots, the impact blows everything on his head. His head looked like a cranberry. His nose was all bruised,” Payan said.
Despite this, Payan said his son did not receive medical attention at the scene and that a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy evaded responsibility for the incident, saying it happened after classes had ended for the day.
Payan says he didn’t hear a response from the sheriff’s department after filing a report.
It took the school six days to send out a message letting parents know what had happened.
“You may have seen reports of an incident that took place in the Patriot High School parking lot after school last week. We want to assure you that student safety is our top priority, and we are working with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to fully investigate this matter,” the Jurupa Unified School District said in an email.
The Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Tuesday that they are investigating the incident, but offered no further details or information about an arrest.
Payan’s son returned to Patriot High School Tuesday for the first time since the beating.
“He’s a little scared. He’s a very tough kid,” Payan said of his son, who is a varsity soccer player.
But despite his toughness, his son now finds it difficult to be alone.
“As long as he’s with someone, he’s not scared. When he’s alone, he starts shaking and shaking,” Payan said.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-02-07/family-says-no-arrests-made-after-riverside-high-school-freshman-beaten-on-video A Riverside high school freshman is beaten on video. Parents ask why no one has been arrested