‘I don’t know about forgiveness’: Teenage victim of brutal gang beating talks about ‘lynching’ attack for first time

Student, 18, was so badly injured his mother almost didn’t recognise him. Four members of gang were charged under state’s old lynching law. Youngest ‘attacker’ was just 13.

Brutal assault: Carter Strange appeared on the Today show this morning, and said he ‘didn’t know about forgiveness’ for his attackers

The 18-year-old student who was brutally beaten in an alleged attack by a teenage gang has spoken out for the first time about his ordeal.

Four members of the gang were charged under South Carolina’s old lynching law for the vicious beating, which left Carter Strange so badly injured he required facial reconstruction surgery.

Today he gave a television interview in which he said he wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to forgive his attackers.

The eight boys, the youngest of whom was just 13, allegedly set upon Carter in a parking lot as he ran back to his house in Columbia so he could be back in time for his midnight curfew.

This morning Carter, who is recovering at home, told the Today show: ‘I don’t know about forgiveness, but, I mean, I don’t really think about it that much, I try not to let them be on my mind too much.’


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