LOS ANGELES, Ca. – The family of a teenage boy who was severely beaten by bullies is suing the school for allowing the alleged abuse to happen. 

ABC 7 reported that the boy, who was 12-years-old at the time of the vicious attack, suffered permanent brain damage from the bullying. Now, the boy’s family has filed a lawsuit against the charter school organization for allegedly seeing but not stopping the fight that changed his life.

A closed security system reportedly captured video footage of the fight, which took place at Animo Westside Middle School back in January of 2018, police say.


School surveillance video shows the 12-year-old boy being punched and thrown into a wall. (ABC 7)


In the video, the 12-year-old boy can be seen being brutally punched and kicked repeatedly by an 8th grader. As the video carries on and the fight intensifies, other students gather around the altercation.

The fight gets worse as the lawsuit claims the older student wrapped the younger in a headlock chokehold in an effort to make him pass out. Astonishingly, the lawsuit alleges that during the chokehold, a teacher walks directly by the unfolding incident and does nothing to intervene. 

The family’s lawyer claimed that the teacher carried on her way, leading to further harm against the child. 

Video from inside the school showed the boy unable to stand after the attack.


The unidentified boy went limp after being attacked by another student. (ABC 7 Broadcast)


The family’s lawyer said that the boy lost consciousness twice during the fight, which ultimately led to his long-lasting injuries. They called the fight ‘almost lethal’.

“That’s not kids being kids. Kids should never be like that,” said Attorney Ben Meiselas. “That was a violent and almost lethal assault, and the school district, Green Dot, took absolutely no measures to protect my client.”

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But the brain damage was not the full extent of the boy’s injuries.

ABC 7 reported that MRI images of the boy’s brain showed a noticeable difference between the left side and right side, according to the complaint, which claims he also suffered permanent spine damage and post-traumatic sleep disorder.

Part of the altercation can be seen below. 


Animo Westside Middle School is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the organization that oversees the school is called Green Dot. They submitted a statement in response to the incident.

“Green Dot is committed to working to ensure all our students receive a quality education in a safe environment where they can learn and grow. We are naturally concerned by the incident portrayed in media coverage.”


The mother requested that she and her son remain anonymous for their own protection. They are seeking unspecified damages in the suit. 


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