Sickening moment 14-year-old special-needs student is sucker-punched and robbed by a group of three teens as he tearfully begs for mercy
- Michael Valdez, 14, was attacked on his way home on February 4 by two boys attending his junior high school and a third older teen
- Attackers stole Valdez’s bike and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, then one of them repeatedly punched him in the head
- Beating was captured on video, showing Valdez crying and cowering in fear
- Suspects have been identified and disciplined by the school district
A heartbreaking video has been making the rounds on social media showing a 14-year-old junior high school student with special needs from California being viciously beaten and robbed by three boys from the same school district as he.
Monica Valdez says her son, Michael, who is a special-education student at Turlock Junior High School, was walking home from a park after school hours on February 4 when he was accosted by three teenage boys.
The attackers stole his bicycle and his Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, leaving him barefoot.
Sickening: This video shows a California high school student sucker-punching 14-year-old Michael Valdez (right) in Turlock on February 4. Valdez has special needs
The attacker (left) and two others initially robbed Valdez of his bike and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, leaving her barefoot
Video posted on social media last weeks shows the victim tearfully begging his tormentor to stop hurting him
In the footage, the attacker punches Michael three times in the head and once in the torso as the boy cowers in fear and shields his face
According to a statement from the Turlock Police Department, minutes after the robbery, one of the thugs approached Michael a second time and sucker-punched him in the face.
The beating was caught on video, showing the perpetrator punching the victim three times in the head and once in the torso as Michael cowers in fear and tearfully begs his tormentor, ‘Please, stop!’
The sickening recording ends with the abuser giving his friend documenting the assault on his cellphone a high-five.
Michael’s mother told KTXL that her son broke down in tears and initially refused to reveal to her what happened because he said his attackers had threatened to retaliate against him if he told anyone.
Monica Valdez said her son (pictured) has returned to school but is now afraid to go to the park
The Turlock Police Department launched an investigation into the incident the same day.
Officers working with the Turlock Unified School District were able to identify the accused perpetrators as two Turlock Junior High School student and an older student from Pitman High School.
District officials said all three juveniles have been disciplined.
‘We are responding with our district disciplinary process to hold all responsible(s) accountable and to provide immediate support to the victim,’ a statement from the TUSD read.
Monica Valdez said her son has been doing well in the wake of the attack and has since returned to school, but he does not want to go to the park anymore.
‘As a mother there is only so much you can do to protect your kids once you go outside the house,’ Valdez told CBS13.
As of Wednesday morning, no criminal charges have been filed against the accused teenage attackers, but police say the investigation is ongoing.