A group of teenagers in Portland, Oregon who allegedly trapped and tortured another teen they felt was bullying their friend by calling him gay on Facebook will be tried as adults
Four teenagers have been charged over an alleged revenge attack on an Oregonian 16-year-old high school student they felt was bullying their friend by calling him gay online.
Police claim the three boys, aged 14, 15 and 17 used a 15-year-old girl they were friends with to lure their victim Dustin Murrain to a shed where they had laid an ambush for him on the promise of sex and drugs.
When he entered the shed he was allegedly struck in the back of the head with a crowbar before being told to strip off his shirt at which point he was shot repeatedly with a BB gun.
During the attack, which reportedly lasted hours, one of the boys carved a swastika into Murrain’s forehead with a box cutter knife and they made him eat cat feces.
Eventually Murrain managed to convince them to release him after he gave them his iPod and promised to return with cash and a skateboard for them.
Instead he ran to a nearby auto-repair shop and called for help.
He was later taken to hospital where one of the BB pellets had to be surgically removed from his groin.
The two 15-year-olds and the 17-year-olds are being tried as adults but the 14-year-old involved in the attack will be tried as a juvenile.
Charges against them include kidnapping, assault, and robbery. All four have entered not guilty pleas.
The victim’s mother says that she doesn’t believe her son was a bully but says that even if he was he didn’t deserve to be treated like that.
‘It’s something he’ll never forget, if the scar doesn’t go away, every time he looks in the mirror he’s going to be reminded of what happened to him,’ mother Kelli Murrain told KPTV.
‘I’ve been called lots of names and I never went out and shot anybody or beat them in the head with a crowbar.’