RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Upset parents in Ridgewood are trying to get to the bottom of a bullying incident apparently captured on Snapchat at Stevens and Brookside fields last weekend.
Given that those involved are juveniles, police and school officials say they’ve been unable to disclose much, if anything, other than that an incident occurred and an investigation was under way.
Ridgewood’s schools chief called it “disappointing” that other students recorded the “unnecessary and unacceptable” beating of a student who came to the defense of a cyberbullying victim .
But parents — particularly loved ones of the victim — want answers.
Relatives say he was beaten so badly that he was hospitalized after standing up on for a girl being bullied.
“At RHS this past weekend, a boy stood up for a girl who is being harassed, and told to kill herself after photographs of her were passed around on social media,” Jill Krause, who identified herself as the aunt of the boy who was hospitalized, posted on Facebook.
“He then gets massively bullied and harassed on social media, and then put in the hospital for two and a half days, with surgery to follow,” she wrote.
“He is knocked out again, his skull is fractured and his face is broken so severely he needs to have reconstruction surgery when the swelling goes down, and he is in jeopardy of losing the sight in one of his eyes.”
The bully apparently used his cellphone to capture an image of the boy laying unconscious on the ground and shared it on Snapchat, Krause wrote.
Jill Krause’s brother, Jason, added:
“While in the hospital, my nephew received another Snapchat from the bully saying something like…. ‘You’re 0 for 2. How about we meet again so I can finish you off,'” Jason Krause wrote.