Police investigating NKY high school assault video posted to social media

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Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 10:48 AM EDT
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TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (FOX19) - The Taylor Mill Police Department is investigating after a video circulating on social media outlets showed an assault at Scott High School.

Jason Gilmer, the father of the boy allegedly assaulted, posted the video online but has since taken it down. The father tells FOX19 NOW he will press charges.

“Three individuals approached him from behind,” Gilmer described. “One was recording and setting it up and the other individuals snuck up behind him, punched him in the back of the head, and sent him to the ground.”

Gilmer said his son did not even know the classmate who was hitting him.

A school employee with knowledge of the investigation tells FOX19 NOW the incident was a “punch for hire.”

The school employee says a senior paid a freshman to punch Gilmer’s son.

The Taylor Mill Police Department was made aware of the incident on April 6, and the case was referred to and accepted by the Kenton County Court Designated Workers Office (Juvenile Court).

The department said the case had been turned over to juvenile court before the video was posted on social media.

According to the department, due to juveniles being involved no further information is being released at this time.

“The Taylor Mill Police Department takes these incidents seriously and will investigate all reported crimes and make recommendations on and pursue criminal charges when violations of Kentucky law have been committed,” they said in a news release.

The Kenton County School District said it is aware of the video post. The district sent a statement to FOX19 NOW:

“Scott High School investigated the incident on April 6 and followed all policies and procedures, including the code of conduct when investigating and making decisions based on this incident.”

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