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Bullying victim says he believes attack was racially motivated

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 4/30/2014 9:33 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The 13-year-old boy who was bullied in a disturbing video posted on tells News 3 he believes the attack was racially motivated.

The two teens accused of beating up special education student Gregory Sams have been arrested.

Gregory, an eighth-grader, says he's just dealing with some bruises and pain in his right ear. His father allowed News 3 to interview Gregory on camera.

The video, uploaded online, shows a 13-year-old throwing the first punch at an apartment complex near Bonanza and 28th Street.

Gregory says it happened Wednesday. He was walking home from school when he says a schoolmate dragged him aside.

“He took me over, and I was saying what's going on, and he keeps talking and starts talking about I’m talking bad about his family, and I said, no, I didn’t, and he starts punching me in the face,” Gregory said.

Clark County School District Police say the attacker's 15-year-old brother then chased Gregory.

“The bigger dude started punching my ear while I’m on the ground,” Gregory said. “He does it until I’m on the ground and he starts doing it until he thinks I’m dead or something.”

The 15-year-old marched back to the camera, proudly throwing up gang signs. Gregory tells us his friends experienced similar situations but believes this one was racially motivated.

The attacker's mother tells News 3 she's dealing with her two boys and apologized for their actions.

School peers say what happened was disturbing and wrong. But Gregory knows he has the support of his friends. He says he's a strong kid who got back up.

The two teens in the video attacking Gregory face battery charges. The 13-year-old is suspended from school. His older brother is home-schooled.

CCSD police say they are still working to identify the two students who taped the beating.

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