Last updated at 6:05 PM on 1st February 2011
Taunting him like a ‘pack of wolves’, this is the shocking moment a gang of feral teens turns on a boy of 13 and tortures him during seven minutes of bullying hell.
The gang punched Nadin Khoury to the floor, then dragged him along the snow while screaming vile abuse before hanging him upside down in a tree.
When he fell out face first they chased him down and used his coat to hang his limp body on a seven-foot-high spiked fence post.
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Nadin Khoury, 13, cowers in fear as a group of teenagers knock him to the ground and surround him near his house in Philadelphia
The shocking incident was filmed by one of the gang on their mobile phones.
After Nadin told his mother what happened six pupils aged between 13 and 17 at Upper Darby High School in Philadelphia, PA, were arrested on kidnapping and assault charges.
The incident has shocked the entire city with many appalled that such a callous act could be carried out by children so young.
Veteran Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said it was the worst case of bullying he had ever seen and that it was a miracle Nadin was still alive.
He branded the attackers ‘thugs’ and said: ‘Seven on one. That’s a wolf pack.’
After punching and kicking him, the gang dragged the youngster along the snow while filming the brutal attack on a mobile phone
But he also hit out at the ‘walk on by’ attitude of those in the neighbourhood where it took place who did nothing to intervene.
‘In broad daylight and nobody called 9-1-1. Yet people will state that the cops are never around.
‘Crime is a community problem, and if the community doesn’t care enough about what’s going on in their community, how are we going to do anything?’ he said.
The appalling incident happened near Nadin’s Park Lane East apartment complex.
The five-minute video – which does not capture the entire thing – begins with the gang shoving and punching Nadin so that he falls to the snow-covered ground.
As they swarm over him and scream: ‘Get up!’ and ‘f****** b****’ one of them grabs his legs and pulls him across the snow.
Nadin can be heard screaming like a wounded animal and can be heard saying: ‘No! No!’ as he is dragged 30ft and spun in a circle.
Two of the gang then pick him up and stuff him between the branches of a tree but he falls out and runs off.
They then catch up him and, in the most disturbing sequence of them all, they try and hoist him up on the metal spike whilst he howls: ‘Let me go! Nooo! Let me go!’
Nadin dangles in the air after being flung into a tree. The incident happened in broad daylight yet passers-by did not intervene
As he sits aloft their arms, a woman passer-by walks right past – and does nothing.
Nadin and his parents Eric and Rebecca Wright were shown the footage by the Philadelphia Daily News for the first time and were unable to watch.
‘Are you kidding me? Are you serious?’ Mrs Wright said.
With tears in her eyes she added: ‘I can’t watch it. I’m just speechless. What did he do to deserve it?’
‘I don’t know how much punishment they can give them. I just want them to stop doing what they’re doing. They should be able to control what’s inside them.
‘I want the word to get out there that it’s not right.’
Mr Wright added: ‘I grew up in an era when it was one on one.
‘Now, kids think they got something to prove. They all want to be a gangster.’
In the most disturbing sequence of them all, the attackers try and hoist him up on the metal spike. Veteran Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said it was the worst case of bullying he had ever seen
Nadin, who wants to be a marine, told the newspaper: ‘They started beating me up and putting me on the gate and I had got caught on the gate.
‘They just started punching me in the stomach and then when I got down, they started stomping me.
‘For the first two days, some parts of my body still hurt, but after that, I just got mad every time I thought about it.’
The six accused are currently being held in Delaware County Juvenile Detention Centre. They said nothing as they were led out of the Upper Darby police station to be taken there.
A seventh suspect is still on the loose.
Darby High School superintendent Lous DeVleiger said in statement: ‘All of those involved were members of our alternative school program that is located in an isolated facility away from the high school proper for students who have exhibited poor decisions in the past and are therefore removed from the high school to protect the regular high school student population.
‘This alternative program has been very successful in helping to rehabilitate many students.’
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