AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — A 15-year-old boy who was beaten up behind Ambridge High School is talking about what happened.
Michael Striegel, 15, says his former girlfriend is dating the boy who beat him up. The encounter was recorded and posted on on the Internet.
“She said that I said something about him and I never did so whenever he found out I was at the football field he came up to me and beat me up,” he explained.
Michael declined to fight and tried to walk away which is when the beating started.
“The best thing that I thought would be best was to cover my face and just lay there,” he said.
Fearing he would be attacked by other kids, Michael chose not to fight back.
“He kicked me around like eight or nine times,” he explained. “It felt like someone smacking me with a hammer.”
And the blood started flowing.
“When I looked at my hands when I was holding it and I felt something running down my face and it was blood and I started coughing up blood,” Michael said.
Seeing the blood, the attacker was celebrating and was then encouraged by the boy shooting the video to stop.
“He was all bloody, you couldn’t tell where he was bleeding from, he collapsed when he walked in the house,” Kellie Striegel, Michael’s mom, said.
“Anytime you hit somebody in the head or stomp them in the head you can easily kill them, you could get brain damage, you could die,” Ambridge Police Officer Brad Davis said.
Michael suffered a concussion, a bruised face and a bloody nose. Doctors say it could be several weeks before the symptoms of the concussion are gone.
His attacker is in a juvenile facility in Ohio. He faces felony assault charges as well as criminal mischief.