HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a terrifying experience for an 11-year-old boy walking home after playing ball with friends in Hamden.
“One person grabbed me and they slammed me to the ground,” said Miguel Garcia. “They just started stomping on my head and punching me.”
It happened Friday afternoon at the corner of West Helen Street and Pine Rock Avenue near Helen Street Elementary School.
“I couldn’t fight back,” Miguel said. “I couldn’t defend myself.”
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Miguel says it was scary.
His mother is angry and demands answers.
“My child was very hurt,” his mother said. “They could’ve killed him.”
She says she wants justice for her son and chose to speak out exclusively to News 8 to raise awareness about the seriousness of bullying and the need to do something about it.
“The reason why I do this is to let people know bullying is not nice,” she said.
As for seeking justice for her son, Hamden Police say four 13 year-old boys jumped Miguel and those boys are now under arrest. They’re all charged with 3rd degree assault and 2nd degree breach of peace. They’re scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Sept. 28.
Miguel says he doesn’t know the kids who jumped him. Police believe Miguel was targeted because the kids wanted to steal a cell phone and his sneakers. Police also say some of the boys actually videotaped the assault but deleted it from their cell phones right before an officer spotted them on a nearby street and arrested them. Police hope to be able to retrieve the footage from the phones for evidence purposes. They say there were also witnesses to the attack. One of the witnesses managed to step in and stop it.
With the arrests, police hope to send a message to kids when it comes to bullying.
“We’re going to investigate any acts of bullying vigorously,” said Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith. “Kids who bully others — it’s a cowardly act.”