Since Carter Strange was brutally beaten by a mob of eight teens last week, he’s been through a lot. Not only did he have to have surgery to remove a blood cot in his head, but he also had reconstructive surgery to fix his nose. Four of the teens have been charged with battery by a mob, which until last year was known in South Carolina as its lynching law. Now, in an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Strange and his parents give a detailed account of the incident, with Carter saying he’s not sure if he can forgive his attackers.

“I don’t know about forgiveness,’’ Carter told Matt Lauer. “I don’t really think about it that much. I try not to let [the attackers] be on my mind too much because I don’t know why I would. There’s really no reason for me to think about them that much.’’

Strange was randomly targeted by the mob on his way home on Sunday, June 20. The teens apparently tried unsuccessfully to rob four others in the area before targeting Strange.

“This is not like it was a group of kids that went out and just did some property damage,’’ John Strange, Carter’s father, told Lauer. “They almost took someone’s life.’’