AUSTIN — As police and school officials work to recover the body of a 15-year-old boy who was allegedly assaulted by three teenage boys last week, students at a south high school and a northwest high school are demanding justice.
The boy’s father and several friends, who were with him at the time, have filed a lawsuit accusing the three boys of assaulting him, causing him to fall, breaking his jaw and causing other injuries.
The case has been going on for months, with each side filing lawsuits in hopes of securing the death penalty for the alleged perpetrators.
The father’s lawsuit alleges the boys used a belt and a rock to choke him to death and the school district failed to respond to his claims.
According to the suit, the boy’s mother said she was on her way home from a party with friends when she heard a loud noise, then saw a young boy running in the middle of the road.
She called 911, but her phone was out and the phone signal was weak.
She did not immediately call the school.
As she waited for help, she noticed a male in a black and white baseball cap running down the road, the suit alleges.
The boys then grabbed her and tried to push her out of the way of a car, the lawsuit says.
The suit also says they were seen dragging her down the street and dragging her against a fence.
She did not get up and her friends, including her boyfriend, told police the boys were yelling racial slurs and calling her a n****r, the complaint says.
When police arrived, the police officers asked the boy to come out of his house and to put his hands up, the plaintiff says.
They also told him that he should be careful because the police had a warrant for his arrest.
When the officers searched the boy, they found him in a ditch, with the belt around his neck, the court filing says.
The police officers did not provide the boy with water or any medication, the filing says, and they told him they would give him a bag of sand and a plastic bag.
The lawsuit claims the school was negligent in allowing the boys to live in the school and did not have a policy for dealing with the issue of mental health concerns in the community.
The school district is not named in the suit.
The family also says the boys assaulted him because they did not like the way he looked and because they were upset about him having a girlfriend at the school who they did NOT want to have as a girlfriend, the family alleges.
“This is the saddest thing I have ever heard in my life,” the boy said in the lawsuit.
The defendants deny all of the allegations and are asking for $3 million in damages.
The district says it has not received any lawsuits regarding the alleged assault.