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Teenager Brutally Attacked At His Middle School Dies After Being Sucker Punched By Classmates

A student from Moreno Valley Landmark Middle School has died after being punched on the campus. The 13-year-old boy, identified as Diego, was hospitalized after being beaten up by two classmates on Sept. 16. One week later, the boy has died from his injuries. Two students have been arrested and held in a juvenile detention facility since the attack.

Diego, a 13-year-old middle school student, has died after being beaten up by two classmates while on campus.

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The two students who attacked Diego have been in custody since Sept. 18 and were charged with assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. A video of the attack, taken by other students, shows Diego standing still with his arms at his side when one of the students lunges for him and punches him in the face. In the video, Diego is seen collapsing as another student punches him once more before he falls to the ground and hits his head on a pillar.

One of the unnamed attackers has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 2 and the other will attend a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 15.

The death of Diego is sparking grief and anger on social media over the bullying he endured.

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“Our community and the Moreno Valley Unified School District family has suffered an immeasurable loss,” Martinrex Kedziora, Moreno Valley Unified School District superintendent, said at a press conference. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of our beloved student.”

His family has shared their heartbreak on social media.

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News outlets have reported that Diego’s family is currently making plans to have his organs donated following the tragic death. According to reports, Diego’s death has been attributed to being punched and hitting his head against a concrete wall when he fell.

People on social media are sending their condolences to Diego’s family during this sad time.

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Diego’s death highlights the dangers and consequences of bullying. According to Stomp Out Bullying, 1 in 6 students are bullied in school. In the 21st century, bullying manifests in multiple ways. From cyberbullying to physical attacks, students face a myriad of attacks when they are the victim of bullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, speak up and let someone know before things get out of control. Your school should have a protocol in place to address the bullying before things get violent.

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