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Sikh teen thrashed in washington, kin claims hate crime


Washington : A 14-year-old Sikh boy was punched and knocked down by his classmate in the Washington State with his father claiming that his son was targeted because he is of Indian descent, media reports have said.

The boy wearing a traditional Sikh turban was beaten less than a block outside of the city’s Kentridge High School, reports PTI.

The assault happened last week and has since drawn outrage from the boy’s family, The New Tribune reported.

The boy was attacked by the classmate as someone recorded it and posted it on Snapchat.

In the clip, the classmate follows behind the victim and suddenly punches him, knocking him to the ground. The victim is punched several more times as he tries to protect his head and crawl away, the report said.

However, the school district says it was not rooted in hate, but spawned hate speech online.

The victim’s father, who declined to be identified, told KIRO-TV he fears his son was targeted because he is of Indian descent and is a Sikh.