ROSALIA, Wash. -- Four teens face possible assault charges for beating up a special needs student at Rosalia High School.
Nicholas Engle said he was attacked during lunch of the last day of his freshman year of high school. He said two classmates asked him to play basketball. Engle refused several times.
“They kept bugging me about it,” Engle said, “and I finally said, ‘you guys aren’t going to stop bugging me, are you?’ They said no. I said, ‘Alright, fine.’”
Engle said he had played basketball with the boys before even though they had teased him before.
“Called me names, insulted me, my family, my intelligence,” Engle said.
Engle said the boys led him off of school property to the city parks and met a third classmate.
“They started goofing off, not really wanting to participate in the basketball game,” Engle said.
They started taking him around the park when a fourth classmate jumped him from behind wearing a ski mask. Engle said the fourth person ripped the glasses off of his face, tried to choke him, and kicked and punched him on the ground.
One of the other boys eventually intervened, according to Engle.
“Saying that’s enough, get off, that’s enough,” Engle said. “I’m in a lot of pain today.”
He said he returned to school and told the principal what happened. The principal confronted the four students involved in the attack and called the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.
“If they are smart enough to plan this out, premeditate and assault, that is vicious,” said Nicholas’ father Tom Engle. “He could have ended up in the hospital. We could have been having this conversation now at Deaconess or Sacred Heart instead of in my driveway.”
The Sheriff’s Office said that all four teens are facing possible assault charges.