UPDATE: Bangor Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason McAmbley said in an email that assault charges were filed against the attacker in the video. “It is still an active case,” he said. McAmbley declined to say whether the attack was being treated as a hate crime or a bias incident.
A Bangor High School student was violently attacked on school property while dozens of students and several school staff watched helplessly.
The entire assault was caught on a shocking video that has only recently been released on social media by a concerned parent.
In the video, the attacker, who is black, punches the victim, who is white, several times in what appears to be an unprovoked assault, though it’s not clear what happened before the video recording begins.
The victim had at least one of his hands in his pocket at the start of the disturbing attack.
“Friends, can we please stop,” shouts a teacher, after the assault began. “Stop, friends, I need help over here. Stop punching him,” she shouts.
The attacker manages to take the fight to the ground where he quickly takes the victim’s back. He punches the victim 19 times in the back of the head as two adult men watch.
The adult bystanders could not immediately be identified.
The attacker then moves into a guillotine-style choke, at one point lifting the victim off the ground, in a move that could have been lethal.
The two large adult men continue watching the brawling pair, urging them to stop, but they appear unwilling or unable to physically end the assault.
When the pair are separated, the attacker gets one more shot across the victim’s jaw.
The attacker lands a total of 25 punches with no physical intervention from any of the adult onlookers, a potentially lethal barrage had he been larger or stronger.
“What n****a — let go of my f***in leg n****a,” the attacker screams.
“Jesus Christ, you two,” says the female teacher. “Let go of him.”
Dozens of students seated in the hallways seem nonplussed and unalarmed, as if this kind of street brawl happens all the time.
A Bangor School official said he had seen the video and told The Maine Wire the brutal beatdown occurred on Monday, Oct. 17.