4 teens charged in attack on Virginia middle school student

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TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) – Four teenagers have been charged in an attack on a Virginia middle school student as she walked home from school.

The Washington Post reports the 14-year-old victim is a student at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle.

The girl was walking on May 10 when she encountered a 13-year-old boy and three 14-year-old girls.

Police said a verbal altercation began. When the girl started to walk away and call a family member for help, one of the girls grabbed her phone.

Police said one of the girls grabbed the victim by the neck while the other teens repeatedly struck her until a passerby intervened.

All four teens were charged with assault by mob. Two of the girls were also charged with strong-armed robbery, while the other was charged with strangulation.