'Big booting' game lands Lynn students in trouble
LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) -- At least one student at a Lynn middle school is facing charges after police say eighth grade boys have been playing a game that involves kicking kids in the head.
The principal says the boys at Marshall Middle School have been playing the game for weeks called "big booting." One boy kicks another in the back of the head, sometimes right in classrooms.
One teen is facing criminal charges for an alleged assault last week during health class while the teacher wasn't looking.
“He’s a good kid, but he pushed the limit and he got suspended. He didn’t take them serious,” said Kimberly Grant.
“Big booting” began weeks ago. The Lynn police school resource officer went to every eighth grade class and warned everyone the game had to stop -- but it didn't.
“We got a couple reports, one was last Tuesday where a 15-year-old student kicked another student in the back of the head wearing boots. Left a boot impression on the back of his head, had to go to the nurses office,” said Lieutenant Christopher Kelly, Lynn Police Department.
The principal says the teen persisted in playing the game even after he warned him to stop in a face to face meeting; one of about 20 he had with students.
“He’s indefinitely suspended. It’s -- basically the case is referred to the superintendent for dispensing. [There are six or seven other boys that have been suspended] that’s correct,” said Principal Richard Cowdell.
There was also a second incident that came after the officer's visits to classrooms. It was apparently posted on a boy's Facebook page.
Police are trying to obtain the video before filing criminal charges.
Parents say they are concerned.
“I asked my son every single day -- all my kids -- if you see something at school they have to let me know,” said Elisa Escobar, a parent.