Sean Johnson (Baltimore Police)

A brutal fight at Frederick Douglass High School on Wednesday left a student with life-threatening injuries to his head and neck, Baltimore City school administrators said. As footage of the fight went viral, officials said the student who beat him up was charged with attempted murder.

The fight happened at the school’s cafeteria around noon. Video obtained by CBS Baltimore shows one student — 17-year-old Sean Johnson — repeatedly punching the other in the head, then stomping his head. The student then has a seizure. The students are teammates on the football team, the station reports. The student who was beat up stole a visor from the other student’s football helmet.

School staff intervened to break up the fight, school officials said. But not before the student who was repeatedly punched sustained severe injuries to his head and neck. The student is said to be in stable condition at Shock Trauma.

Johnson was charged with attempted murder, and will be tried as an adult.

After school activities were cancelled on Thursday at the school.

Frederick Douglass High School was last in the spotlight on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral, when students from the school and police in riot gear clashed near the transportation hub at Mondawmin Mall. The incident gave way to a night of widespread looting and violence in the city.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

One reply on “High School Football Player Gets Attempted Murder Charge After Beating Teammate”

  1. This will continue as long as no one address the root causes. It’s too easy to put a band aid on things. The hard work will take years but we need a start otherwise every politician should be held accountable for their failing to do what’s right.

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