An Alabama teenager is recovering after being assaulted in what police are saying may have been a racially motivated attack.
Brian Ogle, 17, was hospitalized Friday after he was reportedly assaulted in the parking lot of vacant building following his high school’s homecoming football game. It was there that Ogle was found bleeding from his head, WBRC-TV reported.
Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson said Ogle may have gotten into a heated exchange at Sylacauga High School last week about Black Lives Matter with individuals who are now considered to be persons of interests in the assault. Ogle's mom, Brandi Allen, said the exchange carried over to Facebook, where her son received threatening messages.
“My son took it to the principal at Sylacauga High School and I commend him for that. He showed her the threats that were being made to him, but she told him there was nothing she could do. I'm appalled,” Allen told WBRC, adding, “They have a job to do it at school and they failed to do it."
Allen said the boy's skull was broken and that there was bleeding from his brain. The 17-year-old remains in critical condition at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.
Police have not yet charged anyone in connection to the crime.
“I want to see them handcuffed. I want to see them put in jail," Allen said, referring to her son's assault as a "race issue" and "hate crime."
"I don't wish any harm on anyone's child. I would like for them to have to look at my child right now," she added. "I don't want any other mother to have to go through what I went through these past few days."
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