3 students charged in beating handicapped teen

Mustafa Q. Magwood, Terry Louis Johnson, and Shaiheed Kreshawn Humphrey (Images Durham County Sheriff's Office)
September 4, 2013 2:53:20 PM PDT
Three Durham high school students were arrested at school Tuesday for allegedly beating up a special-needs classmate.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Johnson has cerebral palsy. His mother said he was at home on Friday when a classmate came to his door and asked him to come outside and play basketball.

Johnson said he started following the classmate and was walking to the basketball court when about 10 people came from out of nowhere and started beating him up. He said he was thrown to the ground, kicked, and punched by the group.

"I hit the ground face first, you know, and I started to get beat up from the back of my head, kicked in my stomach and they all gathered around me," Johnson said. "What did I do to cause this beating like this?"

Johnson's mother was so upset that she took out warrants against three 16 year olds. Durham County deputies arrested the students on Tuesday at Northern High School.

Mustafa Magwood, Terry Johnson, and Shaiheed Humphrey are all charged with misdemeanor conspiracy and assault on a handicapped person. Magwood also faces one count of felony assault on a handicapped person.

Durham Public Schools says it cooperated with law enforcement, but would not comment further saying the incident did not happen on school property and is not school related.

But the victim's mother says it is school related.

"I'm not going to have my children go anywhere if they're not going to be safe," mother Nicole Storts said.

Johnson does not want to go back to school and has stayed home every day so far this week.

"You got to go through seeing their face again at school; they might come back around for revenge. I don't know what they'd do, but that was hard because knowing half of them, I thought we were all cool," Johnson said.

Now that three people have been charged in the crime, Storts wants others to come forward.

"I want everybody that was involved, whether you were a standby, you know what I'm saying, you should have a consequence for it," Storts said.

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