- The Washington Times - Monday, October 3, 2016

An Alabama teenager’s pro-cop message on Facebook last week resulted in an assault so bad that he had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

Brian Ogle of Sylacauga, Alabama, was left in critical condition Friday night after one or more classmates assaulted him following a high school football game.

The 17-year-old was taken to Coosa Valley Medical Center with a broken skull and bleeding from his brain. His mother says the beating stemmed from anger over public support for law enforcement.

“Instead of us planning for his 18th birthday, we’re here,” Brandi Allen told a local Fox affiliate on Sunday. “Why? Because he made a statement that he backs the blue? I’m still trying to understand how someone, no matter the color of their skin, can do this to another human being.

“My son took [evidence of threats] to the principal at Sylacauga High School and I commend him for that. He showed her the threats that were being made to him, but she told him there was nothing she could do. I’m appalled.”

Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson told the station that witnesses to the assault described a group of black teenagers who are now persons of interest in an investigation.

“I want to see them in jail. This most certainly is a race issue. It’s a hate crime.” Mrs. Allen told a local ABC affiliate on Monday. I want them punished to the fullest extent, to the fullest, my son could have lost his life. I won’t stop until they are punished.”

Charges have not yet been filed by the District Attorney’s office.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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