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Video shows brutal attack at Tennessee gas station

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Surveillance video released on Monday shows a group of high school students beating a man at a Tennessee gas station.

Police said a large group of Northwest Prep Academy students swarmed a BP gas station outside Memphis.

"As we got to the car they are in the parking lot throwing up gang signs and putting up a ruckus," Orrden Williams, Jr. said.

Williams told WREG one of the kids "sucker punched" him. After he was attacked, dozens of teenagers swarmed the gas station. Workers held the door shut as the children rushed the entryway.

Williams ran to his car where one teen threw punches just inches away from his baby's head. He said he considered using a gun to defend his family.

"It would have been a couple of 'mommas' whose child wouldn't have come home -- justifiably not coming home," Williams said.

Police said the baby was not injured, but Williams was reportedly bruised all over his upper body.

Williams said he wants the children involved in the beating cited and taken to juvenile court.

It remains unclear what provoked the group of teens to attack the man.

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  • David

    From Northwest Prep Academy website:

    MISSION
    The mission of the Department of Alternative Schools is to provide a variety of academic programs and services to address students in need of a non-traditional educational environment.

    VISION
    Our vision is to improve academic achievement through positive classroom experiences, which encourage students to make sound decisions and solve problems as productive citizens of our community.

    INDICATORS of SUCCESS:
    Improved Academic performance
    Improved school attendance
    More personal responsibility for making positive choices
    Active participation and involvement in community service
    Increasing graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment