Seven teens arrested in recorded beating of 13-year-old

Seven teenagers were in custody Tuesday in connection with the beating of a 13-year-old boy, attacked while he was walking home from school this month in a Philadelphia suburb, authorities said.

A video taken on the cell phone of one of the suspects shows the boy being kicked, dragged through the snow and stuffed into a tree, then hung from his jacket on a tall wrought-iron fence. On the video, the boy can be heard screaming as his attackers laugh.

“It was seven against one,” said Michael Chitwood, police superintendent for Upper Darby Township. “It was a wolf pack.”

“Bullying has always been amongst us, but these thugs videotape themselves and then go on social-network sites and become heroes,” he said. “These kids, these thugs, these criminals have a sense of empowerment. The mentality is idiotic, but it helps us solve crimes.”

Police confiscated the video before it was posted to any networking sites, he said.

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