Police: Students beat, robbed, threatened classmate from Ruggles to Cambridge

A 14-year-old student who was punched, robbed and warned not to snitch by two classmates at the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line around 2 p.m. yesterday thought he'd managed to escape them by making his way to the Cambridgeside Galleria.

But, he told police, the two - and an older guy - were waiting for him when he left the mall around 5:40 p.m. and they jumped him again, stole his cell phone and threatened to "drop him" in class if he told anyone what had happened.

MBTA Transit Police report arresting one of the classmates and the older teen on a Green Line shuttle bus at North Station.

David Savage, 17, of East Boston and the classmate, also from East Boston but not named because he is 14, were charged with unarmed robbery and witness intimidation, according to a police report, which says the 14-year-olds are all students at the McKinley South End Academy.

Police say the victim, a Hyde Park resident, left school around 1:30 p.m. and was waiting for a bus in the lower busway at Ruggles around 2 when two classmates came up to him. One punched him in the face and called him a snitch, the report says.

He ran upstairs to the mezzanine, but they followed, cornered him, demanded his necklace and threatened to beat him if he told anybody, according to the report, which adds he then got on the train for the trip to the Galleria. After about 90 minutes, he left by the Sears exit - and was surrounded by the two, now joined by Savage, who "forcefully" reached into his pocket for his phone, then warned him not to tell anybody.

The student watched the three get on a shuttle bus, then found an officer to report the crime. According to the report, he expressed concern at North Station when he saw one of the three had managed to evade police.

Innocent, etc.

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Perpetuating

Get the point across that punching, kicking, robbing, and threatening is the appropriate response to a crime? Let's model something more adult, shall we?

Let's make sure students at that school know they are safe and that they can and should report any violence or threats to the school and/or police and that those reports will be handled respectfully, swiftly, and fairly. And make sure supports are in place for the victim. [not saying the school doesn't do this now, I have no idea either way]

A good idea, which goes nowhere.

There are chronic offenders of several school policies. These students tend to harass other student, teachers and cause major disruptions. When I was in grade school, these students all got sent to the school I was attending. In the end, it just led to a school full of troublemakers, we had a permanent police presence, teachers were pulled out of class and beat, other students were pulled out of class and beat, one girl was raped, and most of our equipment was stolen. This was all done in sixth and seventh grade. These students parents never made it to an open house to talk with school staff, nor did any positive support improve their behavior. Their lack of parental involvement and support, I feel, was the major issue for their acting out.

Two things are possible:

While it definitely sounds like the lack of parental supervision played a major factor, I believe that the psychology of the students acting out, as well as lack of force on the part of the school authorities to intervene and prevent the miscreants from acting out through serious discipline.

It's also possible, however, that these students who were acting out may have come from homes where a "law and order" atmosphere (meaning overly strict parents) prevailed, hence causing the miscreants to rebel and act out when and wherever they could (meaning in school), and school authorities made little or no effort to stop them.

Thanks, brainiac

It's a school for kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

(Not saying that makes any of their behavior right, but, no shit, sherlock, the kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities, um, have emotional and behavioral disabilities.)

Well....

The fact that it's a school for kids with emotional & behavioral disabilities doesn't mean that they shouldn't be disciplined if they harass, assault and injure other students. If they're able to be out and around despite their disabilities, then they're up to being disciplined in some way or other for their behaviors, and to be made to be aware that what they did was wrong. Also, is the school a place where the kids are boarded, or do the kids all live at home with their families? If the kids from that particular school live at home with their families, what's so impossible about at least some of these students coming from households where the parents are either too permissive or too strict? Since it's a school for kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities, then the school staff should also be responsible for giving them better supervision and discipline.

HIGH ALERT

just wodering why since the Transit Police went on high alert for terrorism the urban terrorists are running amuk.

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