LOS ANGELESSchool officials are investigating
after a 14-year-old boy was allegedly beaten and stabbed outside Ulysses S.
Grant High School.
Joseph Peyton said the incident occurred at about
3 p.m., Monday.
The freshman said about nine students surrounded
him near a gate outside the school in Van Nuys. School officials dispute that
claim, saying two students were involved.
I turned around and someone socked me in
the face and broke my nose, he said.
Peyton said his attackers were using racial slurs.
The boy also was stabbed in the face with a blunt object, police said.
Peytons father, Charles Peyton, said the
alleged attack was racially motivated.
How can you study comfortably when youre
worried about gang-bangers beating you up when you go to the next class,
Charles Peyton said.
Peyton transferred to the school from North Hollywood
to take advanced placement courses.
Students told NBC4 that there have been conflicts
involving Hispanic and Armenian students.
The schools principal said officials are
investigating. School officials said they do not believe race was a factor.
As soon as we find out whats happened,
whether it was racially motivatedbut from what we understand it was not
at all, then the students will be disciplined, said district spokeswoman