PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Disturbing video was captured outside of Pizano’s Pizzeria, showing a chaotic scene on Friday night on Temple’s campus.
Dozens of teens were captured surrounding and attacking three students near the intersection of Oxford and Carlisle Streets.
Joe Lauletta’s daughter was one of the victims. “My heart dropped. My worst fear happened. I never ever wanted to see that call from my daughter and to find out that she was beaten black and blue over her whole body, stomped on, kicked in the head and everything. It was just phenomenal, beyond my wildest dreams,” he said.
Temple’s executive director of public safety, Charles Leone, said that some 200 kids and teens showed up at The Pearl Theater around 7:00 p.m. after the gathering was posted on Instagram.
Things then took a turn for the worse.
“Later on, they began splintering off into different groups,” Leone said of the juveniles that gathered. “The groups became increasingly more violent, pushing people, pedestrians going by, both student and non-student. Pushing, hitting, that sort of thing.”
By the end of it all, seven people were assaulted, including a Temple Police officer. A 16-year-old punched a police horse in the face. Police arrested four teenagers in connection with the assaults.
Lauletta says his daughter is back at school, but now forever changed. “She always trusted everybody up until now.”