- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials at a high school have suspended a 19-year-old seen punching another student in the jaw in a video posted on MySpace.com.

Douglas Lawhorn agreed to pay the other student $70 before delivering the blow, which knocked out the student, said Superintendent David Williamson.

“These two guys are friends,” sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Kochis said. “This was just a prank for kids. They thought it would be cool and an easy $70.”

Mr. Lawhorn, scheduled to graduate this spring from Madison High, was suspended last week for three days and faces an expulsion hearing today, Mr. Williamson said. A telephone number for Mr. Lawhorn or his family could not be found.

School officials also were considering disciplining both the student who was punched and the student who videotaped it in the school parking lot, Mr. Williamson said.

The video was posted to the page on MySpace, a social networking Web site, belonging to the student who was struck and was taken down last week, Deputy Kochis said.

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