Assault Caught on Tape Leads to Lawsuit

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A fight at a Cleveland high school that was captured on tape has resulted in a lawsuit.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is being sued, along with the teenage boys involved in the attack and their parents.

A student's cell phone video captured the attack on Angelo Torres, 17, outside Lincoln West High School on Oct. 31, 2011.

The video of the assault that lasted about a minute shows Angelo being repeatedly punched and kicked. Attorney Michael O’Shea, who is representing Angelo in the civil lawsuit, believes the attack was planned.

"He was attacked by this gang of kids at the high school who had planned the attack, pulling a fire alarm,” O’Shea said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages against the CSMD and two unnamed school employees. O’Shea said Angelo told school officials at Lincoln West High School that he was being harassed and felt threatened by these boys.

"The school in this particular situation should have been a lot more proactive in trying to protect Angelo,” O’Shea said.

According to the lawsuit O’Shea filed, seven Lincoln West High School students, four unnamed students and their parents are also being sued. O’Shea said by Ohio law, they are financially responsible for their children’s actions.

O’Shea said Angelo still requires surgery for the injuries he sustained in the attack. They are seeking damages in excess of $25,000 for his pain and suffering and his medical bills.

Fox 8 News contacted the Cleveland Metropolitan School District about the lawsuit. As of Saturday night, the district has not made a comment.

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