ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill middle school student says he was assaulted by three schoolmates who knocked him to the ground, twisted his ankle and ripped off a part of his toenail on Tuesday, police say.
The boy’s mother called police after receiving a call from Dutchman Creek Middle School’s principal, who said her son had been “jumped” by three other students, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Police spoke with the boy, 15, who said three boys, two of them 14, approached him while at recess, the report states. According to the boy, one of the boys said, “this is the game plan” before all three jumped on him, knocking him to the ground.
The boy said one of the boys twisted his ankle, and the other one twisted his shoulder, the report states. The three then took off one of his shoes and tossed it around until he was able to get it back and tell them to leave him alone. Once the class bell rang, the boys went back to class, leaving the victim with a ripped, bleeding toenail.
Police spoke with one of the boys and his parents. The boy said they were all playing around and jumping on classmates as a joke, the report states. He said another teen watched the fight, but did not participate.
Officers met with another boy who said the victim had been calling him racial slurs. He said all the boys were outside throwing fruit as a joke until it became serious. He said the victim took his shoe off and started waving it like he was going to throw it at them, so the three jumped on him, according tot he report.
Attempts to reach the third boy and his parents were unsuccessful, police said. Police are still investigating.