Eight high school students in western Louisiana are accused of taking part in the assault of a fellow teenager after a video of the disturbing incident was posted on social media and quickly went viral.
Authorities did not release details, but multiple people who watched the footage on Snapchat told local news outlets the group was seen holding down a male student as one of them inserted an object into his body parts.
Louisiana State Police said they launched an investigation into the “illicit social media video” earlier this month following a request by officials with Many High School in Sabine Parish.
Days after the assault, police arrested 18-year-old Quacie Kerlegon and seven juveniles, none of whom were named because of their age. The suspects possibly include several members of the school’s basketball team.
Many High School has canceled at least four games in the past two weeks.
The victim, who was heard screaming in the video, may have been one of at least two students assaulted in that manner by the same group.
Kerlegon was charged this week with battery and second-degree kidnapping. His alleged associates were arrested on a variety of charges, including battery, kidnapping, and obscenity involving juveniles.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
The Sabine Parish School Board said it was aware of the investigation and the Snapchat video.