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Police investigating assault shared on social media
TJHS assault
A video of one juvenile boy hitting a special needs student after robbing him has been circulating on social media.

The Turlock Police Department and the Turlock Unified School District are working together to resolve an incident that saw three boys rob and assault a special needs student.

The assault was recorded by one of the involved juveniles and has since gone viral after being shared on social media.

Monica Valdez told ABC 10 News that her son was the one robbed and assaulted. She said the suspects held down her son and took his shoes and bicycle and then repeatedly hit him.

After the robbery one of the suspects started attacking the young boy, while another recorded it.

In the video, the attacker repeatedly punches the boy while accusing him of “ratting.” The young boy begs the attacker to stop, while a boy off camera says not to hit him in the face.

The Turlock Police Department stated in a news release that they were working with the school district to identify the suspects.

The school district released a statement indicating that at least one of the juveniles had been identified.

“We appreciate those who reached out to us this weekend exercising the ‘See Something, Say Something’ protocol. We have identified the perpetrator in a video that is making the rounds on social media. We are responding with our district disciplinary process to hold all responsible(s) accountable and to provide immediate support to the victim. Thank you for supporting TUSD’s efforts.”

“The investigation is ongoing and because this case involves juveniles, we will not be releasing any further information,” the police department said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Brett Conrad at (209) 668-5550 ext.6610.