‘Slam him again’: Father accused of forcing 12-year-old son to fight classmate

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AKRON -- According to the Akron Police Department, Walter Ganous, 39, of Akron is accused of forcing his 12-year-old son to fight another classmate back on September 12.

"It started out as bullying between two kids. This happened after school-time. This is a father who picked his son up from school. He asked him who was supposedly bullying his younger brother. Then the father actually drove them around the neighborhood looking for this kid as he walked home from school," said Lt. Rick Edwards, with the Akron Police Department.

Police reports indicate Ganous drove his son around until he managed to track down the 13-year-old boy at the intersection of Clifford Avenue and Hammel Street.

"The father gets out of the car, son gets out of the car and it’s on. The father is standing there yelling at the son to finish the fight," said Lt. Edwards.

Witnesses said Ganous told his son to keep punching the 13-year-old, yelling to "finish the fight" and "slam him again."

Police reports said he even egged his son on to body slam the 13-year-old to the ground and to keep punching him when the boy was down.

"The 13-year-old boy suffered minor injuries from punches but he did sustain a major injury to his ankle when he was body slammed. He fractured his ankle and was taken to the hospital," said Lt. Edwards.

Police said there were other children around, who eventually called the 13-year-old's mother.

The mother then called police.

Ganous now faces charges of felonious assault, inciting violence, and aiding and abetting assault.

His 12-year-old son is also charged with felonious assault in juvenile court.