NJ teen’s skull fractured in fight over girl’s nude pics, reports say
RIDGEWOOD — Authorities in this Bergen County community are investigating a series of fights that left one student critically injured, images of which were captured on video and shared on social media.
One of the fights last weekend resulted in a boy being hospitalized with a fractured skull, according to a woman who identified herself as the victim's aunt. She shared her version of what happened on a Facebook alumni group.
"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," the woman said, according to the Ridgewood Daily Voice, which posted her statement.
The boy's aunt says he underwent surgery this week.
"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."
Police said Friday that they are investigating the fights that occurred on Stevens and Brookside fields.
Part of the violence was caught on video and shared on Snapchat.
In a letter to parents, schools Superintendent Daniel Fishbein addressed the "unnecessary and unacceptable violence."
Fishbein said it was "also disappointing that other students were present who videoed the incident rather than attempted to intervene in order to prevent physical harm."
A student who spoke to NorthJersey.com said the altercation was over a student sharing nude photos of a girl.
Another student who spoke to CBS New York said the video "shows one kid like basically just beating the tar out of the other kid [...] Like it was not really a fair fight.”
State data shows that the village school district had six documented cases of harassment and bullying last year, down from a high of 13 in 2012-13. There also were six incidents of violence, down from a high of 10 a year earlier.
Police ask anyone who may have information about what happened to contact detectives at 201-251-4537
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