Teenager Brutally Beaten In Hate Attack Over Ethnicity
An Illinois teenager is currently in juvenile hall on felony hate crime charges after beating a fellow student simply because of his ethnic background. 13-year-old Omid Babakhani, who is of Persian descent, suffered two broken collarbones and other injuries in the unprovoked attack at Hannah Beardsly Middle School in Crystal Lake. The attacker has not yet been named publicly because of his age.
Babakhani, who is also a standout local swimmer, said the boy yelled out “Hey Persian” and made a disparaging remark about his mother. After trying to walk away the confrontation, the boy attacked from him behind. “He put me in a head lock and slammed me to the ground and repetitively started punching my head,” said Babakhani to Channel 2. The attacker was arrested on school grounds shortly after. In addition to hate crimes charges, he also has aggravated battery charges against him and could spend the next several years in juvenile hall.
However, the swimming career of Babakhani is now in serious jeopardy after the injuries. “It’s heartbreaking, but what can you do? You have to deal with it,” said the father. It’s unclear whether a lawsuit will be filed either against the attacker’s family or the school district.
(Photo: Channel 2)