Boy, 13, dies week after being punched by bullies at school

A boy who was attacked at school has died as a result of horrific injuries he sustained in the beating.

 Identified only as Diego, 13, he was filmed being punched by two classmates on September 13 at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, California.

He was punched in the face by one boy then in the side of the head by another, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on a concrete pillar.

Police revealed that he died yesterday despite ‘rigorous medical intervention and treatment efforts at an area hospital’.

He was attacked at lunchtime on September 16 and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Classmates revealed that Diego had previously been bullied at school and online.

Crystal Rodriguez said: ‘It’s really tough because there’s so many fights here, and they don’t do anything about it.

The security’s all over the school, but they take forever to come.’ Diego’s assault caused outrage among parents over the school’s handling of bullying.

His alleged attackers, both 13-year-old boys, were arrested and are currently in custody awaiting prosecution.

The school said they were both honors students, meaning they should be setting a good example to other children.

The school district has hired behaviour and mental health experts and crisis counsellors are available for students and staff following Diego’s death.


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