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Brooklyn Students Accused Of Attacking Girl With Padlock Inside Sock

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five Brooklyn high school students have been charged with attacking another student with a padlock inside a sock.

The 17-year-old victim, Shacara McLaurin, told the Daily News that she wasn’t able to open her jaw after the April 1 attack.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan with more on the alleged incident

She told the paper that one of the girls wanted to hurt her because she sang better than her. They were competing in a talent show at the Brooklyn Academy and Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory School. The show, planned for Friday, was canceled.

The paper said the five students have been charged with assault, menacing, weapons possession and harassment. They were released without bail.

Neighborhood resident George Addison said he was not shocked about the incident.  He said the kids were always ganging up and attacking each other.

“It has to do with personality, clashes, boyfriends.  It may be an imagined slight,” he told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the principal was unaware of the attack until hearing from McLaurin’s mother. She said the DOE was looking into the incident.

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