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Police arrest teens in beating

By Ed Brock

Clayton County police have arrested 14 high school students in connection with a beating that may be gang related.

Randall Bray and Korey Searcy, both 17 from Jonesboro, and 12 other students at Mundy's Mill High School whose names were not released because they are minors were arrested on Friday, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. They have been charged with misdemeanor simple battery, disorderly conduct and disrupting public school.

Three of the minors arrested were girls, two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old. Police are looking for two more suspects.

The suspects lured the 15-year-old victim into a bathroom at Mundy's Mill High School around 8:25 a.m. Thursday by telling him if he didn't come with them the "Gangster Disciples will get you at lunch," according to a Clayton County police report.

Once in the bathroom the suspects knocked the victim to the ground and hit him several times, according to a report by Clayton County Police Officer Alfred Clayton, the school resource officer for Mundy's Mill High School. Clayton saw a security camera videotape of the incident and a teacher identified several students she saw running from the bathroom after the incident.

The incident occurred due to the victim saying a profanity against the Gangster Disciples on Tuesday, Clayton wrote in his report.

There is still "no clear-cut evidence" that the fight was gang-related, Clayton County schools spokesman Charles White said.