Skip to comments.7 Arrested In Savage Attack On N.J. 8th Grader
Posted on 12/22/2009 4:57:41 PM PST by SkyPilot
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 David Muneton, an eighth grade honor student, needed reconstructive facial surgery after being savagely beaten by a gang of 11 students on Dec. 18, 2009, in Engelwood, N.J.
David Muneton, an eighth grade honor student, needed reconstructive facial surgery after being savagely beaten by a gang of 11 students on Dec. 18, 2009, in Engelwood, N.J.
Police said as many as 11 students beat up the eighth-grader leaving him severely injured, and he may even lose his sight.
CBS 2 HD spoke with some of his friends about what led to the brutal attack.
The incident near a school soccer field was so violent that 13-year-old David Muneton needed reconstructive surgery to his face to correct several broken bones.
His friends at the Janis Dismus Middle School in Englewood are stunned.
"It's so hard. I'm his best friend," Denise Melendez said before breaking down in tears.
Police have arrested seven students from both the middle school and high school, charging them with aggravated assault. The youngest one is just 12 years old.
Investigators said the teenagers jumped Muneton on Friday as he walked home from school to get back at him for an earlier incident during which the eighth-grader accidentally hit a girl with a basketball.
The superintendent said the girl, who has also been charged, led the boys to Muneton, saying "He's the one."
"We do know that after the girl made the comment one of the people, the boys, who was with him immediately punched him," Superintendent Dr. Richard Segall said.
Students at the middle school have made a get well card for the 13-year-old -- all of them outraged over what happened.
"He really didn't deserve to get beat up like that because he really didn't do anything and it wasn't intentional that he hit her with a ball," student Michael Bailey said.
"If I was there Ii would have told someone," student Emanuel Doughtery added.
"I wrote I hope he gets better soon," said student Katherine Saldarriga.
Muneton is recovering at Englewood Hospital. His brother told CBS 2 HD his condition is improving. The assistant principal said the youngster is a model student.
"He is a wonderful young man, actually one of our students who made the honor roll this quarter," Daniella Bailey said.
As these kids try to make sense of what happened all seven students arrested have been suspended. This coming as police was looking to charge four more teenagers.
Three of the students charged remain at the juvenile detention center in Paramus, while the rest have been released to their parents -- two of them required to wear ankle bracelets.
We see a picture of the vic, but none of his attackers;
why do you suppose that is...?
Kids looking for a fight will use ANYTHING as an excuse.
You don’t have to have done anything. I know, this threat happened to me sometimes when I was in Jr Hight in the sixties. I would leave the last class early, never did get jumped. And I’m a girl. But I did know someone who was beat up alot in high school. Just for being white.
You don’t even have to lay one finger on them for ‘them’ to get “wee-wee-ed up”.
I live in New Jersey. Englewood is a dump.
This a situation where the men in community need to step forward and take control of the neighborhood. If there are bad families, give them 24 hours to leave, after the guilty are indicted.
Boys need men to properly grow and become men themselves.
Can’t help but wonder what is NOT being reported.....
The media have released the victims name and photo - so anyone with access to the Internet can find his home address, father's occupation, and a Google Map satellite shot of his house.
The perps, however, will have their identity "protected."
Enabling jobs for future generations of prison guards....union members!
Here is a link to Englewood New Jersey Demographic breakdown
Guess it could be any group but I have my suspicions...
Exactly, the atmosphere is more prison than school, this kid just was singled out for a lesson in how power works in a prison environment.
I bet that these punks texted each other bragging about what they had done to Mr. Honor student.
Yeah, we're all destined for the re-education camps.
He sure looks angry for some SOB who has risen to top dog.
Po oppressed Obama
Thanks. I just read the comments. Evidently the victim is Hispanic and the perps were all blacks.
There are some pretty vicious comments there. If it were FR, the Moderators already would have removed some of them. I think one comment is especially telling—that Obama will be defeated in 2012, that blacks will riot, and that the rest of the country will be fed up and ready for them.
I don’t know about that, but I do know that the racial polarization in this country is getting a lot worse with that racist Obama in the White House and Eric Holder at Justice.
We just can’t figure out why kids bring guns to school. I’m sure all of the perps agreed to the school’s ‘code of ethics’ or they wouldn’t be allowed to attend....
Sorry but this is a new era and such rare acts of violence are no longer rare.....kids being brought up on violent video games with no parental discipline and schools now required to turn a blind eye to the obvious and the illiterate......
Welcome to the beginning of the Fourth Turning........Its going to get worse in this country, much, much worse........
That was my first thought, too.
I agree with that assessment. The racial divide appears to be worsening.
Flipping animals. Take them all out of society now and for a very very long time.
Two of the most dangerous places in America ; government
schools and federal prisons.
Soon it will be the federal hospitols.
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