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Social media video leads to Erie County Sheriff's Office investigation into alleged assault

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Dec 16, 2020

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Snapchat video of a teenage boy beaten and thrown out of a window has circulated several social media platforms. The Erie County Sheriff's Office confirmed with 7 Eyewitness News that it is investigating an incident that occurred in Clarence on December 12.

7 Eyewitness News has seen the video, but we have decided not to show it because it is graphic.

The beginning of the video captures someone stomping on the teen as others giggle in the background. The teen, wearing a white shirt, is then shoved through a window and disappears. The next clip shows the teen wet and covered in mud with his eyes barely open.

The sheriff's office released the following statement:

Agency personnel has talked to the victim and their family as well as photographed the victim’s injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office is aware of a social media video and rumors about the incident and the victim’s injuries. Deputies can confirm that victim sustained an injury, sought medical treatment, and was released. Many of the injuries detailed in social media posts are greatly exaggerated or even false.

No charges have been filed, and the investigation continues.

The Clarence High School Principal Kenneth Smith posted this message on the district's Schoology platform.

Smith said, "We have knowledge of the disturbing video being shared on social media involving an assault on a high school student... our counselors are available if you need to talk to share."

He also warned students about rumors on social media.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to 7 Eyewitness News for updates as they become available.