A Missouri mother is absolutely outraged after horrifying footage emerged of a teenage boy holding a gun to her son’s head. In a sickening video that surfaced on social media, a 13-year-old boy could be seen kneeling before a group of youngsters as they ordered him to “kiss their feet.”
After the gun was pulled away, the group could be seen punching the young man, who has been identified as Kansas City resident, Derrin Weddle. Mom Emily Bridges said that her autistic son came home with bruises on Saturday, but that she didn’t realize exactly what had happened until she was shown the despicable footage.
13 year-old Derrin from Kansas City, Missouri is bullied in this video & has a gun pointed at him in broad daylight. Derrin, who is a special needs child, has had his mom contact the police but until now they have done nothing. Demand justice for Derrin. pic.twitter.com/socPrzC800
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 24, 2018
“I was hurt,” Bridges FOX 4 KC. “I was angry. I was crying. I was mad. I was upset because he didn’t defend himself.”
“He just really said that they’re minors,” the mom added. “There`s not a lot that happens to them.”
There a was huge outcry on social media as the video continued to be widely circulated. While many lamented that the police had not acted more swiftly to apprehend the suspects from this vile incident, local law enforcement has since announced the arrest and charging of those involved.
Earlier this week, the Independence Police Department announced that it had 17-year-old Alexander Schrader in custody after he turned himself in. “We take incidents like this very seriously and handling cases involving violent crime is a top priority,” the department told The Kansas City Star.
“An Independence 17-year-old has been charged with robbery in connection with the violent act of holding a gun to another teen’s head, which was widely shared on social media, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today,” IDP posted to Facebook Wednesday. “Alexander A. Schrader… faces Robbery 1st Degree, a Class A felony in Missouri.”
The department continued:
“(The range of punishment for a class A felony is imprisonment in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections for a term of years not less than ten (10) years and not to exceed thirty (30) years, or life imprisonment.)
“According to court records filed today, Independence police were alerted to a reported assault of a 13-year-old boy. He was assaulted while walking in the area of E. Angus Street and South Pearl in Independence. The defendant held a pistol to the victim’s head. Minor bruising was observed on the victim’s face. The victim told police that money was taken from him during the assault. The defendant turned himself in to Independence police and confessed to putting a gun to the victim’s head. A juvenile who videotaped the incident also was interviewed by police and turned over to juvenile authorities. Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000 cash.””
“I hope the other kids see this and see that those actions and those behaviors are not OK,” Bridges added.
Two other teenagers were also taken into custody over the disturbing incident, but have yet to be named.