WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old boy who police say was attacked at a troubled Washington high school nearly three weeks ago has died at a hospital.
News outlets cite a Metropolitan Police Department report that says the Ballou High School student was struck several times in the face and body by three people after he denied them the use of his cellphone Jan. 10. Police classified the case as “simple assault,” typically a misdemeanor.
Police didn’t identify the student, who died Monday, but his mother, Rashonda Smith, identified him as Joevon Smith-Patterson to The Washington Post . She says he was in a special-needs program.
No arrests have been made.
Two other Ballou students have died this academic year. A recent report found a pattern of allowing Ballou students to graduate with extreme absences.