7 teens allegedly beat driver near Clifton High School

A group of seven high school students have been arrested and charged in an alleged vicious attack on a young driver in Clifton Tuesday. (1/23/14)

CLIFTON - A group of seven high school students have been arrested and charged in an alleged vicious attack on a young driver in Clifton Tuesday.

Police were called to Svea Avenue near Clifton High School just after 12 p.m.

The 23-year-old driver was allegedly kicked and beaten by the students after he confronted the group for punching his car.

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While most students knew about the incident, many parents say they hadn't heard anything about it.

"That's shocking to me," says parent Lesia Glodava. "I have not heard anything like this."

Clifton police say the group of male teens punched and kicked the victim repeatedly. One even struck him in the face with a piece of concrete, breaking his eye socket. The students ranged in age from 15 to 17 years old.

The incident happened just a few steps from Casey Barber's back door. She says chaos and after-school fights are common, but this attack was extreme. "I can see how it could go that way because it is crowded and unruly all the time," she says, "but this is the worst I've heard."

The victim held on to one of the attackers, who was taken into custody Tuesday. The other six were arrested Wednesday. All are being held at a juvenile facility and charged with aggravated assault.

The students have been suspended from school. Police say five of the seven have prior arrests.


 

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