Two Orange County high school students have been charged in a beating that was caught on video and posted on an anti-bullying page on Facebook, prosecutors said.
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In the video, the 16-year-old victim can be seen getting punched, kicked and knocked unconscious during a fight at Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch on May 20. He suffered a badly broken nose, concussion, cuts and bruises, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
One of the defendants is 18-year-old Robert Ayala. The other is a minor whose name was withheld. Both attend Tesoro High School in Ladera Ranch and were taken into custody May 21.
Ayala has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated assault and battery. He was being held on $50,000 bail.
Capistrano Unified School District officials said disciplinary action could range from suspension to expulsion.
“We are going to make sure we can provide counsel of some kind,” said district spokesman Stephen Nichols. “Whatever the case is, the message of the district is this isn’t tolerated and there’s other ways to handle disputes.
The victim, whose name was also withheld because of his age, was hospitalized after the assault and is recovering, the D.A.’s office said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report