A 14-year-old was brutally beaten up at a theme park in Gwinnett County, Georgia, over his shoes valued at about $1,400, and social media video showed that bystanders watched and recorded the incident but didn’t intervene.
The teenager spoke to WSB-TV about the harrowing incident at Six Flags over Georgia but didn’t want to be identified because his alleged assailants have not been arrested.
“I don’t know why they [are] following me. I didn’t do nothing wrong. I’m just minding my business,” said the teen.
He said that he had been dropped off by his mother at the theme park in order to attend a birthday celebration for his cousin.
The teen says that he was followed and harassed by a group of strangers as soon as he got inside the park about his expensive Balenciaga shoes.
“They were asking me if I rep any gang or anything and I was like, ‘No, I don’t rep no gang. I’m just trying to get to my people for a birthday party,’” he explained.
The teen said he attempted to defend himself but was outnumbered and ended up on the ground where his alleged assailants kicked and punched him in the head until he was unconscious.
One video showed the teenager hitting the ground after being punched.
“We were at the hospital for about 10 hours. They had to do two cat scans on his head — his body,” said his mother to WSB.
The teenager’s attorney, Mohammed Luwemba, said that they were prepared to file a lawsuit against Six Flags over the lack of security and response to the attack.
“We do believe there are several surveillance videos that caught this entire incident on camera,” Luwemba said. “Also what’s most important of all is what it didn’t catch. It didn’t catch security intervening at all.”
Six Flags released a statement to WSB saying they were participating with a police investigation into the incident.
“Unfortunately, like many metro areas across the country, Atlanta is experiencing a disappointing number of disruptive events created, primarily, to solicit mischief or provide cover for theft. Fortunately, these events rarely result in the need for police action in our parks,” the statement read.
“Six Flags will not tolerate unruly behavior. Period,” the statement concluded. “Our public safety personnel, working together with the Cobb County Police Department, will continue to monitor, patrol and prosecute those unwilling to follow our code of conduct.”
Here’s the video of the harrowing incident:
Videos show teen being brutally attacked going to birthday party at Six Flags Over Georgiawww.youtube.com
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