Special Needs Student Beaten Unconscious on Bus/VIDEO
Teen Expelled In Beating Of Special Needs Student
INDUSTRY (KDKA) ―
School officials in Beaver County have decided to expel a 17-year-old student for allegedly beating a special needs student unconscious while
other students recorded the attack on their cell phones.
Authorities are also expected to file charges against the teenager.
According to witnesses, the attack happened late last week on a school bus in the parking lot of Western Beaver High School.
The 16-year-old victim suffered a concussion and broken teeth in the attack.
Watch the video, listen to the kid explain that "I had a bad day" and "I needed to take my anger out on someone or something"...and get MAD.
INDUSTRY (KDKA) #8213; "All I remember is getting up and hitting him... but I didn't know I hit him about 14 times. I didn't want to do it. He was getting on my nerves. I was having a bad day. I'm sorry."
If society continues to teach violent offenders that it is OK to beat and injure someone because you are having a bad day, we are in BIG trouble. I gotta hand it to the kid though, he is really in touch with his feelings...blech. THEN listen to his mom say she would have beat the kid up, too. And the dad say he taught his son to fight. Disgusting.
Teen in taped fight expelled
The Times/KEVIN LORENZI
James Bainbridge, 16, left, sits with his father, Bill Bainbridge, in front of his parents' home in Midland. James beat up another student while riding on a Western Beaver High School bus and has since been expelled.
By Larissa Theodore and Bill Vidonic, Times Staff
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:41 PM EDT
Elliot Richard has struggled for years with injuries that he suffered in a horrific 1994 crash that killed his mother and two of his siblings.
Now, Richard, 16, of Ohioville, a special-needs student at Western Beaver School District, is undergoing treatment for injuries he received last week when Industry police said he was beaten into unconsciousness on a school bus.
His grandmother, Alice Richard, said Wednesday that her grandson suffers from headaches and other injuries.
Televised footage of the beating, recorded on a cell phone, showed James Bainbridge, 16, of Midland but who had been living with his grandmother in Industry, also a special-needs student, standing over Richard and wildly punching him in the head and upper body, landing more than a dozen blows. James Bainbridge has been expelled from school, his parents said.
Richard and Bainbridge are Beaver County Area Vocational Technical students and had been returning to Western Beaver’s high school after morning classes on April 17.
Bainbridge told The Times on Wednesday that he was provoked into fighting, after he said Richard picked up a piece of wood and “started talking junk,” threatening to hit his friend with the board as they sat outside the vo-tech school waiting for the bus. When Bainbridge told Richard to stop, Richard verbally abused him, Bainbridge said.
Industry Police Chief Gerold Miller said that Bainbridge told police that the fight started after Richard mouthed off to him.
Bainbridge said Wednesday that the conflict continued after the pair got on the bus. He said Richard normally sat in the front, but this trip, he sat in the back of the bus and switched seats several times until he was sitting a seat away from Bainbridge, and provoked him again.
“He’s rolling up his sleeves, cracking his knuckles,” Bainbridge said.
When the bus arrived at Western Beaver to drop off the kids, Bainbridge said he lost his temper.
“I get up, and all of a sudden, I just start hitting him,” he said.
Bainbridge said he thought he hit Richard once, but he’s been told he hit him 14 times. His brother, John Bainbridge, 19, also was on the bus and said he hit James in the chest to try to make him stop. Other students on the bus stood and watched, according to the Bainbridge brothers. Some recorded the event with their cellular phones.
Cell phone footage doesn’t show anyone stepping in to break up the fight.
The day of the fight, Richard was treated for his injuries at The Medical Center, Beaver, and released, but Miller said Richard would be receiving follow-up medical attention.
Charges hadn’t been filed against Bainbridge as of Wednesday, but Miller had said earlier that Bainbridge would be charged as a juvenile.
Bainbridge’s father, Bill, said he isn’t proud that his son hit Richard so many times, but he thought the events leading to the attack were also unjustifiable.
“He provoked my child into having to take action,” Bainbridge said.
Bainbridge said his son was expelled from school after a meeting Wednesday with school officials. James Bainbridge, whom his parents described as “developmentally slow,” will have to attend an alternative school, he said.
Alice Richard said Wednesday that she’s been instructed by an attorney to not talk about the case, but said, “There’s a lot behind this.”
Richard has been raising her grandson since 1994, after the crash that killed his mother, Ruth E. Green, 28, of Little Beaver Township, Lawrence County, and siblings Sheray L. Cruz, 5, and Cecil Green Jr., 2.
Elliot Richard survived, though with extensive injuries, as did two other sisters.
Marjorie Bainbridge, James’ mother, said she feels bad about what happened to Richard’s family, but said that everyone has dealt with hardship and that it’s no excuse to tease others.
“That doesn’t give you the right to act inappropriately,” Marjorie Bainbridge said.