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Two rallies planned in NCH following brutal assault

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NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati school district puts a plan in place to protect its students before a rally on Friday.

The rally is happening in response to the beating of 45-year-old Pat Mahaney in North College Hill last week. Six young men who attend North College Hill Middle School are charged in the attack.

"The police department has received a lot of questions of why the city is letting this rally happen," said North College Hill police chief, Gary Foust.

According to Foust, it's a matter of protecting the right to free speech under the Constitution.

But not everyone agrees.

 "I do approve of freedom of speech but I don't approve of freedom of hatred," said North College Hill resident, Joey Evans.

The National Alliance, well known as a white supremacist group, distributed a flyer calling for white people to join in solidarity against the attack.

"I believe this demonstration this weekend will tear North College Hill apart," said Evans.

The group will meet in the parking lot of the old city building adjacent to the middle school where the accused teens attended classes.

"We have been trying to emphasize to the community that they should go about their daily business as they would any other day," said Foust.

"Most of us, we don't want to go to school," said North College Hill tenth grader, Ronnesse Hunter. "I don't want to go to school because I don't feel safe."

North College Hill Schools Superintendent Gary Gellert sent a letter home with students Tuesday in which he said no students will be permitted outside of the school buildings unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be no activities outside including recess and the students will not be released if there is any residual activity from the rally at dismissal time.

The victim Pat Mahaney was severely beaten, but is expected to recover.

Click here for additional information on the decision to allow The National Alliance to hold a rally in North College Hill.

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