Video: Teen ‘wolf pack’ accused of bullying boy

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    >> to a disturbing case of bullying in philadelphia. a group of teenagers arrested for tormenting another teen. police say the suspect videotaped the entire incident. nbc's peter alexander has the story. good morning.

    >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. this video can be hard to watch. the veteran police chief calls it one of the worst attacks he has seen. the victim is a 13-year-old boy terrorized as he was walking home from school. he was taunted, dragged, even tortured. the police chief called the attackers a wolf pack and said just as upsetting is the fact that no one stepped up to help. the attack is as disturbing as it is vicious. police say the 13-year-old was ambushed on the way home from school by a group of teenagers.

    >> when this happens, it's shocking.

    >> reporter: the brutal assault lasted more than 20 minutes with one of the teens recording the entire thing on his cell phone. you can hear the attackers laughing at times. as cory was slapped in the head, kicked in the chest, even tossed into a tree before falling to the ground.

    >> when i got down they chased me again, started punching me in my stomach and stomping me.

    >> reporter: cory said he tried to get away but couldn't escape seven attackers. his screams for help going unanswered. the cruel beating took place three weeks ago but police have now released this graphic tape.

    >> it's bullying in america at its worst. it's caught on video.

    >> reporter: authorities arrested six of the suspects monday parading them out in handcuffs to send a strong message.

    >> when bums and thugs intimidate their fellow students and make the streets unsafe, it's unconscionable. we won't tolerate it.

    >> reporter: sadly, cory has had run-ins with them before and investigators say they are infuriated no one stepped in, pointing to this moment when a woman walks through the frame as the young boy is crying for help.

    >> i find it offensive when members of the community stand up and talk about the cops not doing nothing when not one person called 9-1-1.

    >> reporter: finally the teenagered hanged cory from a sharp, metal fence, by his coat.

    >> don't be afraid to speak out. tell somebody what's going on. if you tell them, maybe this will happen and somebody will take action.

    >> reporter: the good news is cory was not seriously injured in the attack. the six teenagers have been taken to a juvenile detention center . the charges range from kidnapping to assault. why they allegedly did this is unclear. authorities are looking for a seventh suspect who is said to be 15.

    >> peter, as a parent it makes you ill to watch that. we'll follow the story. thank you very much. still ahead, more on the massive and menacing winter storm gripping a large portion of the
updated 2/1/2011 11:44:16 AM ET 2011-02-01T16:44:16

Seven high school students in suburban Philadelphia were arrested Monday following the kidnapping and assault of a 14-year-old, a local newspaper reported.

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The victim had been hung from a fence post at an apartment complex, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood was quoted as saying by the Daily Times of Delaware County.

"We're dragging them out in handcuffs," Chitwood said of the suspects as the arrests were happening.

"We want to send home a message that this type of behavior will absolutely not be tolerated," he added. "They hanged this kid from a steel fence. We have the video of them actually hanging this kid from the fence."

The victim did not sustain physical injuries but he did suffer "extreme mental anguish," Chitwood said.

Video of the assault will be released at a press conference at 1 p.m. ET, he added.

The suspects, all 16 or 17 years old, attend the Upper Darby High School.

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