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‘I’m glad it went viral:’ Police, school officials investigate bullying video recorded in high school bathroom

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NANTICOKE, Pa. -- Criminal charges could be coming for alleged bullies at a Pennsylvania high school after video showing a boy punched in the face multiple times went viral on social media.

The incident happened Friday, Dec. 13 at Greater Nanticoke Area High School.

Cellphone video recorded inside a school bathroom circulated on Snapchat and other social media sites. The video shows a boy in a red sweatshirt punched in the face. After trying to kick back at his attacker, he is punched again -- this time egged on by bystanders.

Bystanders begin to scramble when they realize the boy is hurt.

One recipient of the Snapchat video was a recent graduate of Nanticoke High School who said he was disgusted by what he saw.

"I was one of the kids in high school, too, that was picked on and occasionally bullied, and I wasn't just going to sit there and let other people get tossed around, kind of like the way I was," Tyler Albert said.

Albert said he is a casual acquaintance of the boy shown punching the boy in red. Still, he chose to share the video on Facebook and offer a listening ear to the victim.

"There's been a few times at Nanticoke where I reported bullying and not really much was done about it," he said. "Like, they were suspended for a day or something like that, so that's why I wanted to bring attention to it, and I'm glad it went viral the way it did."

The superintendent at Greater Nanticoke Area Schools said there are programs in place for kids to report bullying if they witness it. He said he's disappointed students, in this case, chose to record it with their cellphones and share it on social media.

The school has an anonymous online reporting system, as well as a state-mandated program called Safe2Say. The state provides students with a 24-hour hotline and a phone app where kids can report bullying.

"Being that we do have video footage of it now, there will be further disciplinary action for all those involved and I expect that disciplinary action to be very heavy," said Nanticoke Superintendent Ronald Grivera.

Nanticoke police also launched an investigation and were conducting interviews.

"There's one side of it that's being investigated criminally with the police department, and then there's another side of it that's going to be dealt with from an educational standpoint and from a district standpoint administratively," Grivera said.

Police said as of Monday, Dec. 16, no arrests had been made. If they do charge any students involved, those students will be charged as juveniles.

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