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Temple University student assaulted with a brick: Funny how race isn’t mentioned

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I’m going to continue to track this story to see if it ever comes to any resolution – or if any more facts emerge.

NBC Philadelphia reports that two Temple University students out walking to get something to eat were verbally and then physically assaulted by a gang of teenagers ranging in age from 8-14 years.

A 19-year-old Temple University student suffered serious facial injuries after an attacker hit her with a brick only a block from campus Friday. The student was walking with her 20-year-old boyfriend, who also attends Temple when a group of about 10 teens and young children began taunting them, according to sources.

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According to the boyfriend, who asked to not be shown on TV, “A couple of them started to grab at her earrings and her hair,” he said. “My instinct was to stop them from hurting us and leave and get away.” He says he asked the group to back off, but his request went unheard as a female member of the group took a brick and smashed his 19-year-old girlfriend in the face. “Her teeth were out of place,” he said. “It was terrible, it was terrifying.” “What scared me most,” he said, “was that there were a lot more of them than us. So even though they were small kids, if they all had bricks, I might not be here talking to you right now.” The female victim was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to save and align her teeth.

Now I’m not familiar with Philadelphia and certainly not the neighborhood surrounding Temple University. However, one thing is certainly missing from this report — a description of the attackers — y’all know exactly what I mean. And there is no way you can’t tell me that simple fact isn’t known.

Thank God the story for these Temple University students didn’t end like the extremely disturbing story of Christopher Newsom, 23, and Channon Christian, 21, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their horrific killing occurred in January 2007 and to this day I believe most people have never heard of this horrendous assault.

Newsom, 23, was a standout baseball player who was working as a carpenter. Christian was a 21-year-old student at the University of Tennessee. The happy couple had been dating for a couple months. After having dinner, the plan was to visit friends to watch a movie, but the couple never made it. When they arrived at the apartment complex where Christian’s best friends lived, they were carjacked by multiple assailants — all black — four men and one female.

It wasn’t just the crime committed by the assailants, but the crime by the media in not covering the story.

This warped idea of social justice has to end — just as we reported about Chris Lane in Oklahoma, Delbert Belton in Spokane Wash, 13-month old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick Ga — and others.

We are watching what happens in Philadelphia.

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