Father says students attacked him at Norfolk skate park

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 14 at 11:52 PM

NORFOLK - A father trying who said he was trying to protect his daughter told 13News a gang of high school students attacked him and that the assault was recorded.

Sam Brown still has a black eye from the encounter Saturday at Northside Park. He took several days off from work to recover from the beating.

Brown said his daughter, Cassie, a junior at Norview High School, broke up with her boyfriend. The Granby High School student , supposedly, started harassing her on Facebook and through texts.

"He just started a whole bunch of drama with my new boyfriend, and it just got out of hand," said Cassie Brown.

Cassie's mother, Laura, said she and her husband tried to contact the ex-boyfriend's family  When they had no luck going that route, they decided to go the skate park at Northside to talk to the 17-year-old ex-boyfriend.

That's when things got violent.

"A couple of them, the ones that fought my dad, they just wanted to fight to fight," offered Cassie Brown. "I think the only reason they did something to my dad, because he had a bat, but he had a bat because there was so many of them, and it's not like he hit anybody with it."

"When we got out of the car, and we walked up to the skate park, we had nothing," offered Laura Brown.

According to the Browns, about 80 children gathered around to watch the fight.

"My husband, as we were walking, he was like, 'Wait a minute, babe. Hold on a minute.' He goes back to the car," Laura Brown recalled. "He grabbed the bat. He tucked it up underneath his arm."

She added, "If we saw that many kids, why did we continue to walk up there? Because, it's his daughter, and if something happened, he was willing to take that chance."

The Browns started the process to charge four boys, including their daughter's ex-boyfriend.

The Browns say the teenagers are part of the  “Beat Down Boys,” and they claim the leaders of that gang are on the Granby High wrestling team.

“Something needs to be done before someone else is hurt,” Sam Brown said.

He and his wife say two of the boys apologized two days after the brawl.

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