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Police to bring charges in Franklin High attack

Police have identified the Franklin High School students involved in the assault of a schoolmate on Thursday that was recorded and later posted on popular social media websites.

Cory Pingeton was punched in the face by another student while he was walking through the hallway. In an interview with WHDH-TV (Channel 7) on Friday, Pingeton said the punch felt like a bat hitting him in the side of the head.

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“I just want to see justice served,’’ Pingeton said.

Police plan to bring charges against his attacker and the student who recorded the attack Monday, said Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian. Semerjian said in an e-mail that he expects the students to turn themselves in once charges are formally filed next week.

He did not release the names of either suspect. He said that one of the teens involved in the attack is now represented by an attorney, and that the teen’s parents have been cooperating with the investigation.

Franklin police said that they believe that the student assaulted Pingeton because he thought Pingeton had been talking “trash’’ about him.

The recording of the incident shows the suspect waiting for Pingeton to walk by, and then punching him in the face when he does. Police said the recording proves that the attack was premeditated and not spontaneous.

“It’s unfortunate because we have a lot of good kids at Franklin High,’’ said Susan Rohrbach, vice chairwoman of the Franklin School Committee. “This really doesn’t show the true flavor of this school.’’

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.
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