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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Franklin, Mass.) - Six Massachusetts college students have been expelled from school and three more could also be kicked out after a brutal beating of a student was caught on camera.
“It’s sad to see one of our friends get attacked like that,” said Blaine Moriarty, a friend of the victim.
There is sadness and disgust on the campus of Dean College in Franklin, Mass. this Tuesday, after the brutal beating of a sophomore.
The incident happened on Friday and school administrators quickly expelled the student they say who beat the victim. After seeing the video that went viral, administrators expelled five more students for their actions, or lack of action.
“We took a look at the actions of the other students and their role in mocking the student or not coming to the defense of that student, were in our mind just as egregious as the perpetrator,” said college spokesperson Gregg Chalk.
Police are investigating and there could be criminal charges, although the district attorney has not been notified on any charges in the case yet.
It appears the fight may have been prompted over a pair of sneakers.
Students say the victim is a good kid who wouldn’t hurt anyone.
“He’s done nothing wrong to anyone,” said Moriarty. “He’s always polite (and) loves to hang out with friends.”
The victim was treated and released from the hospital. He has since returned to campus. His friends say they are giving him space to deal with what happened.
UPDATE: Three additional students have been expelled as of late Tuesday afternoon.