WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Florida), May 9, 2008
A Jacksonville [Florida] high school student was recently beaten and battered at school by three students he said he didn’t even know.
Witnesses to the attack told police Forrest High School sophomore Karl Koch Jr. was targeted because of the color of his skin.
“They started closing in, and all I remember is getting hit,” Koch said.
Koch’s wrist was shattered and six screws and a plate now hold it together. He also has nine stitches above his right eye.
Two 15-year-old students and one 17-year-old student were taken into police custody and charged with aggravated battery in connection to the attack.
According to the police report, one of the suspects said, “Look at the white boy, he looks like a victim,” before punching Koch in the eye.
The report states all three attackers began kicking Koch and then laughed and ran away from the scene.
“It seems like he was picked out just because was the only white boy in the crowd,” said the victim’s father, Karl Koch Sr.