High School Student Charged With Attempted Murder

High School Student Charged With Attempted Murder

Baltimore 17 year-old allegedly beat classmate for stealing his football helmet visor.

Published September 19, 2015

Frederick Douglass High School football player, Sean Johnson, is facing a first-degree attempted murder charge as an adult after viciously beating a teammate in the school's cafeteria, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Johnson, 17, is accused of beating the victim to near death because he thought he stole the visor from his football helmet.

The brutal attack, which occurred on Wednesday around noon, was all caught on tape by someone in the cafeteria. The 30-second cell phone video shows Johnson and the victim talking before Johnson shoves the teammate onto a seat and begins to punch him directly in the face.

After the victim falls to the ground, Johnson continues his assault by stomping on the victim's head. Once Johnson stops his attack, the victim can be seen bleeding profusely from his face onto the floor, and even begins twitching, as surrounding classmates scream.

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According to the charge documents, the student "was having a seizure while lying in a pool of his own blood." He is said to have suffered a concussion, nose fracture and facial wounds, and will require surgery.

School officials said that staff members "immediately intervened" to stop the fight.

"There are two sides to every story," Johnson's mother later told CBS News. "My son is being portrayed as someone worse than he really is."

His teammate is reportedly at home recovering now, after being released from the hospital.

Frederick Douglass High School is the second-oldest integrated high school in the nation, and includes Thurgood Marshall among its alumni.

See a clip of the footage below. Warning: it is disturbing.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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