Police say two Akron Middle School students attacked a pair of classmates last month and then bragged online afterward that the injuries they inflicted should serve as a "warning" to others.
Authorities charged the two students with felony assault in Erie County Family Court late last week, and the Akron Central School District conducted a suspension hearing prior to the youths' arrests, according to Village of Akron police. The students' names weren't released because of their ages.
The assault on two fellow students occurred on April 29 at the middle school playground at 47 Bloomingdale Ave., according to a Police Department statement.
One victim was punched and kicked in the face and head with steel-toe boots and suffered a serious head injury. The second victim suffered a facial injury. Police did not provide the ages or grade levels of the accused assailants or their victims.
Immediately afterward, the two students later accused in the assault went onto social media, "giving detailed accounts of the injuries they did to the victims and a warning that they are not [to] be messed with," according to police.
Akron Police Chief Richard C. Lauricella told The Buffalo News on Sunday that the online posts have served as useful evidence in the case. The students did not post video of the assault, he said.
The same two students also were involved in an assault at the Middle School one year ago, according to police. Lauricella said those victims were different and, to his knowledge, no charges were filed in the earlier incident.
In the recent case, the Erie County Attorney's Office was contacted due to the nature of the charges against the juveniles. They have been released to their parents' custody, Lauricella said.