MONTREAL – Marshall Brooks’s cheekbone was broken in two places and his eye socket shattered when one of his classmates gave him a vicious beating last week just outside their Westwood Senior High School yard.
But what was most horrifying to the seasoned police officers and school principal who viewed video footage of the attack in Hudson is that not one of the 50 or so students looking on tried to stop the beating or bothered to call 911.
Instead, they captured the action on their cellphones, eager to upload the drama to the Web. Only after the damage was done did someone step in.
“I saw the video and can’t believe no one intervened, or called police or even tried to help the young man,” Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Bruno Beaulieu said.
“It was an unfair fight, like between David and Goliath, with the attacker at least twice the size of the victim.”