3 Teens Arrested For Brutally Beating Black Special Education Student

Three California teenagers have been arrested in connection with the brutal beating of a special education student in Long Beach.

A video obtained by the Long Beach Post shows three teenagers violently kicking and punching a special education student from the Poly Academy of Achievers and Leaders on Wednesday, May 15. In a May 22 news release, the Long Beach Police Department said that one of the three suspects, 18-year-old Bryan Blancas, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and participation in a felony street gang. Blancas is currently being held on $1,040,000 bail at the Long Beach City Jail.

The two other suspects, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, were also arrested for assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm and are being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, according to the release.“Gang detectives, in conjunction with patrol officers, worked through the weekend to identify the suspects involved in this assault,” police said.

Concerned parents and community members gathered at Poly High School on May 20 — which the suspected teens are believed to attend or have previously attended, according to the victim's mother, Rasheena McCord. The protesters called on school administrators and police to take action regarding the incident.

Mccord told the Post that her son was walking on 16th Street and Long Beach Boulevard on May 15 when he was attacked for two to three minutes. “He tried to run, but they caught up to him,” Mccord told the publication.

Mccord told the outlet that she believes her son was attacked because he is Black. “That’s very disturbing because if this was Beverly Hills it would be solved quickly,” Mccord said.

Kim Williams, a community member whose friends and family attend Poly High School, noted that other students have also been attacked. Chris Eftychiou, a spokesman for the Long Beach Unified School District, told the Long Beach Post that school officials “do not have confirmation that students have perpetrated the off-campus fights.”

Detectives from the Long Beach Police Department are urging anyone with information regarding additional suspects to contact the Long Beach Police Department's Gang Detail at (562) 570-7370. Those who wish to report an anonymous tip can submit information to the “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app, or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

About the Author

Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.