Students charged with beating special-needs classmate off campus
Three Northern High School students have been charged with beating a special-needs classmate off campus.
Durham County sheriff’s deputies arrested the three Tuesday at the school.
According to news reports, the 17-year-old victim has cerebral palsy. He reportedly was at home Friday when a classmate came to his door and asked him to come outside and play basketball.
The victim said he started following the classmate to a basketball court when about 10 people appeared and started to beat him. He said he was thrown to the ground, kicked and punched.
According to warrants issued Saturday, the students shoved the victim from behind onto the ground, punched him in the face with a closed fist and kicked him in the face. The warrants also accuse the students of conspiring to assault the victim.
Sheriff’s deputies said his mother took out the warrants. The beating allegedly happened in the city limits, but off school property.
The students are Mustafa Magwood, Terry Johnson and Shaiheed Humphrey. They are charged with assault on a handicapped person and misdemeanor conspiracy.
Magwood was released Tuesday from the Durham County Jail on a $2,500 bond. Johnson and Humphrey were in jail Thursday on $1,000 bonds, according to the Durham County sheriff’s jail website.
The three are due in Durham County District Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 26.
Chip Sudderth, director of public information for Durham Public Schools, said the alleged attack did not happen on school property and was not school-related.
It was unclear Thursday whether the schools have taken disciplinary action against the students.
The victim’s mother was quoted in new reports saying that her son doesn’t want to return to school, and has stayed home this week.