This is one of the attacks that happened in Philadelphia on July 29 that was caught on surveillance tape. According to My Fox Philly, the attackers are from a charter school that just received a one million dollar donation from Oprah Winfrey. Of course, nowhere is it even considered that this could have been a race-based attack connected to the other similar attacks in the city:
PHILADELPHIA – Fox 29 has obtained video of an attack on a bystander in Philadelphia’s Old City by teens from a charter school group that received a $1 million donation from Oprah Winfrey.
The incident happened on the afternoon of July 29th near 4th and Spruce Streets, and just blocks from the location of the Mastery Charter High School.
That was the same day that saw violent attacks near Chestnut Street in Center City that injured two other bystanders.
The incident on the tape obtained by Fox 29 was acknowledged in a letter from Mastery to neighbors in Old City. In the letter, Mastery said the students would face expulsion or suspension.
Mastery also said in the letter it would meet with neighbors concerned about student behavior.
Police public affairs told Fox 29 no one has yet been charged in the incident.
The video shows a normally calm scene just after 1:45 p.m. on Friday, July 29th, and just blocks from Independence Hall.
A man is walking down 4th Street near Independence Hall toward Spruce Street as a group of teens starts to walk by. The man is wearing hospital scrubs.
As the students walk next to the man, one teen turns around, without warning, and punches the man in the head.
Six to eight students then swarm the man as he is pushed into a wall, kicking and punching him.
The entire group runs away, and a second camera catches them running away from the attack around a corner at 4th and Walnut Streets.
Another bystander runs over to check on the man, who gets back on his feet.
Sources tell Fox 29 that man was taken to Jefferson University Hospital with injuries to his head and teeth.
Fox 29 spoke with Mastery CEO Scott Gordon, who said he was very upset by the incident.
“It makes me sick. We’re very very upset about it, that any student, but particularly a student that’s been in a Mastery school, would behave like that, to think that that’s okay, is very disturbing,” he said.
Mastery’s parent company received $1 million from Winfrey last September as part of her Angel Network.
Mastery Charter Schools are also part of Philadelphia school district’s Renaissance Schools initiative as a “turnaround team” school group that partners with other schools.
The Renaissance Schools program has been championed by superintendent Dr. Arlene Ackerman.
On Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced new measures to combat teen violence after another mob of teens attacked two bystanders on July 29th in Center City.