Nightside Report Sept. 20, 2021: Three students charged as adults for beating student up at Howell skatepark, 15-year-old graduates early from Madison Heights high school

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The location where a 16-year-old boy was beaten on Aug. 31, 2021, at the Howell Skatepark.
The location where a 16-year-old boy was beaten on Aug. 31, 2021, at the Howell Skatepark. (WDIV)

3 Howell students charged as adults for pretending to befriend new student, beating him up at skatepark

DETROIT – Three students from Howell Public Schools are being charged as adults after they pretended to befriend a new student so they could lure him to a skatepark and beat him up while recording it for social media, according to officials.

The alleged assault happened Aug. 31 at the Howell Skatepark, which is right next to Howell High School, according to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officials said the three students acted as though they were befriending the new student, a 16-year-old boy with autism, by spending time with him at lunch and during school. They encouraged him to go to the skatepark with them after school and led him to the back of the bathroom area, which is out of sight of the buses and the freshman campus, according to authorities.

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The latest: Michigan reports 7,185 new COVID cases, 35 deaths -- average of 2,395 cases per day

Metro Detroit weather: Spotty rain to continue Monday evening

On and off light to moderate rain has arrived on schedule this afternoon. Despite this it remains warm the rest of the day and tonight. Thunderstorms have a chance of entering the picture tomorrow; still warmer than average.

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4 Fast Facts

  • At just 15 years old, a Madison Heights teenager received her high school diploma on Monday. Click here to read more.
  • The Local 4 Defenders spoke with legal experts who question if the initial contact Michigan Rep. Jewell Jones had with state police was mishandled. Click here to read more.
  • An off-duty Wayne County corrections officer was shot several times and killed overnight in Detroit, officials said. Click here to read more.
  • The Pontiac community is taking the future of their neighborhood parks into their own hands. Click here to read more.

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Eastpointe Middle School shifts to remote learning due to staff shortage

There has been talk about shortages with secretaries, custodians and school bus drivers; however, when teacher vacancies in Eastpointe topped more than 20%, the district went back to remote learning for middle school students.

When fully staffed, Eastpointe Community Schools should have about 160 teachers. The district has 43 vacancies as of Monday afternoon. Last week, three middle school teachers resigned without notice.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.