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Teenager Initiation

Hilton Head Island, SC: (Nov-28-07) The family of Francisco Belman brought a lawsuit against a Bluffton middle school, the school district and the local government, after the 14-year-old boy died after being punched several times. Belman's father filed suit following the 2002 incident that took his son's life. The suit claimed that the boy died several months after being punched in the chest by two fellow students as part of a gang initiation. School and court records show that the two teens pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and were sentenced to probation.

As part of a settlement reached, the family received a $200,000 settlement with the school district and local governments. The insurance companies for the school board, the state Board of Education, Beaufort County and the town of Bluffton are said to have contributed to the settlement. [THE STATE: GANG INITIATION]

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Published on Nov-29-07


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