The mother of one of the teens who turned themselves in for the savage sidewalk beating of a 15-year-old girl “wanted to kill him with my bare hands” when she saw the caught-on-camera attack, she told The Post Saturday.
“I’m angry and very disappointed in him. I did not teach him to act like an animal in the street,” said Donna Howell, 42, whose 14-year-old son Alex was charged with robbery and gang assault for the beatdown.
The victim had been walking along Utica Avenue in Crown Heights Thursday when she was ambushed by the teen horde, authorities said.
Video footage captured the group punching and kicking the girl in the head as she lay helpless on the pavement, finishing off the attack by snatching her Air Jordan 1 retro sneakers off her feet.
“I watched the video twice, it kept popping up on my feed,” said Howell, who was getting her eyelashes done at the time. “I realized, that’s my kid. I just went numb. [The eyelash technician] said, ‘You look like you just saw a ghost.’ I was beyond shocked.”
“When I saw the video, I wanted to kill him with my bare hands. Why would you stomp on somebody you don’t know? You don’t jump on a woman,” she said. “If I was that girl’s father, I would want to kill all of them. This is unacceptable on all levels. You don’t ever put your feet on someone, and you definitely do not treat a female like that.”
Howell says she confronted her son, who is in 8th grade, and forced him to turn himself in at the 77th Precinct Station House.
“He has been in trouble before, but not this kind of trouble. I don’t expect him to be perfect, but I expect him to be respectful in the street,” she said.
Four other teenage boys also turned themselves in and were charged, police said. All five were awaiting arraignment at Kings County Criminal Court Saturday.
Investigators believe the group attack may have been retaliation for a fight earlier in the school day where the girl allegedly beat up another student, sources said.
“I literally felt like I have to throw up since yesterday. I can’t eat,” Howell told The Post, adding that her son would be “on punishment” for years to come for his role in the incident.
“My heart breaks for the victim’s family. I’m just very, very sorry. I feel very, very bad for her.”
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