Temple University Mob Attack Leads To Several Injured
A father has written an angry Facebook post after what he called "sick animals" held his daughter down and repeatedly kicked her as part of a savage mob attack around Temple University campus in Philadelphia.
Christina Lauletta was one of seven people who were badly hurt by the pack of 20 to 30 teenagers carrying out a string of random attacks on Friday night.
Christina's father, Joe, reported his daughter was attacked by "30-40 black teenagers"; however, at this time, there is no indication these crimes are motivated by race or were committed by a racially-homogenous horde of people.
And while Joe and his daughter are obviously and rightfully distraught, it's important not to conflate a specific act of violence with an entire race of people.
So far, four teenagers have been arrested, including a 15-year-old boy who punched a police horse in the face.
Joe expressed his anger on social media after receiving a terrifying phone call from his daughter. She had to spend the night in the ER after the attack.
He wrote on Facebook,
She was crying, I couldn't understand her, my heart dropped, I became scared, I said what is the matter? 'Dad, I was jumped, I'm beat up pretty bad. They stole my phone.'
I find out that her and her two male friends where [sic] badly beaten by a group of 30 to 40 black teenagers on their way home from the Temple football game. These sick animals held her down and kicked and stomped on her repeatedly. Thank god, the people from the pizza place intervened.
I have not let Christina out of my sight, she is resting. Every part of her body is badly bruised, it makes me cry just thinking about it. No broken bones. If you have children at Temple, tell them to be careful. Please keep Christina Lauletta in your thoughts.
The mob was organized via Instagram, reports Philly.com.
A police officer was also injured that night. He was thrown to the ground by a teenager.
Another female student was also hurt in the fray; she was attacked while walking with her boyfriend.
Temple campus safety director Charles Leone told WPVI people were picked at random.
It's very concerning that you can get a group of juveniles to pull together that quickly and some become violent.
A number of charges have been filed against those arrested.