NYC Teen Caught on Camera Clocking Another Boy With Brass Knuckles

A New York City teen was charged with felony assault after he was caught on camera punching another student in the face with a set of brass knuckles last month.

Video taken from outside Esperanza Prep Academy on East 109th Street in East Harlem shows a 16-year-old teen clocking younger student, 14, in the jaw with a set of brass knuckles in April. 

A loud pop can be heard when the 16-year-old's fist connects with the 14-year-old's face. The younger teen then staggers around before doubling over. That's when the older boy hits him again. 

Authorities said that the older boy secretly put on a set of brass knuckles before throwing the punch. After the attack, the 16-year-old was charged with assault.

New York courts have ruled that possession of any form of metal knuckes is a criminal offense. Offenders are typically charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, though it's not clear if the 16-year-was also charged with that crime. 

Witnesses told NBC 4 New York that the 14-year-old was badly wounded in the attack and was bleeding from the mouth and nose. 

School officials are meeting on Thursday to determine whether the 16-year-old, who was suspended after the attack, can come back to school, according to the 14-year-old's mother.

The younger boy's mother said that she is worried for her son's safety if the older boy isn't expelled. 

The city Department of Education said that the safety and security of students is of top priority. 

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