Six students from Upper Darby High's Opportunity Center, ranging from 13 to 17 years old, were arrested this morning at school for what township police Superintendent Michael Chitwood called a “heinous” act of bullying earlier this month that was caught on camera.
The teens have been charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint and related offenses for dragging a 13-year-old student through the snow, tossing him in a tree and hanging him by his coat on a metal fence post. Police are searching for one more kid they think was involved.
“Seven on one, that’s a wolf pack,” Chitwood said.
The terrified victim was screaming for the kids to stop, but no one at the apartment complex where the incident occurred called 9-1-1, police said. The bullies are heard laughing maniacally throughout the video, which was recorded on a 17-year-old’s cell phone.
“They thought it was a joke,” Chitwood said.
Police want to send a message by arresting the kids at school: If you bully or threaten other students, Chitwood said, “You're gonna take a hike in handcuffs and in a wagon.”
Update: A couple hours ago, I showed the video to the 13-year-old victim, Nadin, and his mom and dad, Rebecca and Eric. It was the first time they had seen it. They were planning to go to the police station tomorrow to watch it themselves.
"Are you kidding me? Are you serious?" Rebecca said as she watched the video in her living room, shaking her head in disbelief. After about a minute, tears welled up in her eyes. "I can’t watch it," she said, turning away from the screen. "I’m just speechless. What did he do to deserve it?"
"I was surprised nobody called police" at the apartment complex, Nadin said.