Mississippi community outraged over viral video of 14-year-old being beaten
CRENSHAW, Miss. (WREG) — Police in the small town of Crenshaw told WREG they've arrested someone in connection with the brutal beating of a 14-year-old at the hands of another teen.
There are fewer than 1,000 people in the Mississippi town, and so, as you can imagine, when something like this happens, word spreads quickly. And it's leaving a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths.
"They need to send him to prison for beating up that boy," a man yelled as he drove by.
It's hard to find anyone in Crenshaw who isn't angry after viewing a viral video of a 14-year-old boy being pummeled up by as many as five other teens.
"Most people that saw it were crying, like they said that stuff weren't called for, it was sad," Romello Miles said.
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Miles said he's acquainted with the victim, whom he said had no idea what was going to happen after school last Friday when he willingly followed his attackers to a spot near Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
"He told the boy, `Get on your knees,' so the boy got on his knees, and when he got on his knees, the boy just started hitting him in the face. After that, he just started stomping him in the face."
Despite the brutal nature of the attack, the boy's mother told WREG he didn't have any visible injuries when he came home that night and never told her what had happened.
Meanwhile, Crenshaw Mayor Oscar Barlow confirmed police nabbed one of the suspects Wednesday night.
He's a juvenile, so police won't release his name, but we stopped by the home where neighbors said he lives.
No one answered, but we were hard-pressed to find people who hadn't heard of him.
"He don't care about nobody's life but his," Miles said. "He said he don't believe in God either."
Barlow said police are continuing to look for additional suspects but wouldn't confirm how many.
He said police only learned about the attack because someone shared a link to the video with the town's police chief. He said no one filed a police report.
"This type of behavior on social media with people sharing it and not reporting it, to me is just as outrageous as what happened to the victim," Barlow said.
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