A 14-year-old Sikh boy was beaten up his classmate in the Washington State, US. The attack happened last week and has since drawn outrage from the Indian community as the boy's family attributed the assault to to his 'Indian descent'.
Media reports say that the boy wearing a traditional Sikh turban was beaten up by his classmate less than a block outside of Kentridge High School, where he was studying. The assault video was recorded and shared on Snapchat, and it went viral.
While the victim's father said it was a 'hate crime', school officials differed with him, and said the attack was a continuation of an earlier classroom dispute between the two students. They ruled out the possibility of it being racially motivated, and they assured that the guilty will be appropriately punished.
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Indian community members, which are believed to be apparent hate crimes. This assault comes six months after a 39-year-old Sikh man in Kent was shot by a local man yelling "Go back to your own country" at him.