Oregon Teens Assault Classmate, Carve Swastika Into His Forehead

Four teenagers from Portland, Ore. were charged Wednesday after police said they lured a classmate into a shed and carved a swastika into his forehead with a box cutter, CNN reported.

According to police, the teens attacked their 16-year-old classmate on February 10 with a crowbar and shot him with a BB gun in the chest, hand and groin before carving the swastika into his head. The assailants were after the boy’s skateboard and cash, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police also told Portland TV station KPTV that the teens may have been retaliating against bullying.

Authorities charged Jenna Montgomery, 15, Blue Christian Kalmbach, 15, and Jess Taylor, 17, as adults with kidnapping, robbery, assault and menacing. Bail was set at $3 million each for the accused assailants.

Another unnamed 14-year-old suspect was to be tried as a juvenile.

“He’s been severely traumatized not just physically, but emotionally,” the victim’s mother, Kelli Murrain, told KPTV. “It’s something he’s gonna live with forever, especially if the scar of swastika doesn’t go away. Every time he looks in the mirror he’s gonna have that memory.”

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