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Scarsdale Boy Savagely Attacked Near B.U.

Charlie Katz, the BU student who was assaulted last weekend in Allston, Mass has sent the following clarification to the story that appears below: (From Charlie) In response to questions from readers, the incident was entirely unprovoked. There were 20-25 kids loitering in the street, and six attacked me. After the attack, I regained consciousness and walked back to my apartment in Brookline to clean up the cuts. When I got home I realized that the cuts were severe and that I needed stitches. I woke up my roommate and asked him to take me to the hospital where they performed cat-scans and then transferred me to Beth Israel.

I also want to stress that many students from Scarsdale who attend BU live in Allston and parents should be aware of the danger, and seek alternatives such as on campus housing or off campus housing in Brookline. BU is a great school and if I had it to do again, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Charlie Katz, a 2006 graduate of Scarsdale High School and a senior at Boston University was viciously beaten early Saturday morning April 3rd around 1:30 am after he left a party a few blocks from his apartment near the University. Katz and his roommate attended an 80’s theme party in Allston, at the home of some friends. While walking home on Gardner Road in Allston, the two boys were approached by a few black youths who started to taunt them. Charlie urged his roommate to run, when 20 to 25 kids emerged out of the shadows and surrounded them. Katz was jumped, thrown into the road and kicked in the head repeatedly by the gang who were all wearing boots. The assailants left Katz curled into a fetal position and unconscious in the street.

When he came to, his immediate impulse was to flee and he somehow managed to get back to his apartment. His roommate considered calling an ambulance but decided it would be faster to put him into the car. He took him to the emergency room at Mt. Auburn hospital where doctors saw bleeding in the brain and transferred him to the Beth Israel Hospital neurology unit for an M.R.I. He was kept in traction for two days, as doctors feared he also had suffered injuries to his spinal cord. His jaw was broken and his neck, ear and arm were injured. His roommate had been kicked in the mouth and lost his teeth. He was traumatized by the attack as well.

According to Katz’s mother Lisa, the attackers did not even take her son’s wallet or phone. They simply beat him.

No police report was filed by either hospital at the time and officials at Boston University were unaware of the incident. Lisa went to Boston to take care of her son and to investigate what had happened. When Charlie was released from the hospital on Sunday, even though he was weak she insisted that he accompany her to the Allston Police. With her bruised son by her side, she sought to explain that he had been attacked and found the police to be hostile and dismissive. From her observations Mrs. Katz feels that there were racial overtones to the assault and the police response. The police implied that Charlie had provoked the attack and told Mrs. Katz “there must be something more to this story. These kids get drunk and belligerent.” The official report, drafted by the Allston Police on Sunday, made it sound as if Charlie and his roommate had started the fight. When the mother of the roommate went to Allston police, she got a similar reception.

Officials at Boston University were reserved in their response. Mrs. Katz was sent from one official to the next, and little was done to get answers. To her, it appeared that this was not the first time a B.U. student had been attacked, but it seemed as if the school was keeping it quiet. No one called Mrs. Katz or Charlie to express concern or inquire about Charlie’s well being. She recommended that the school warn the student body that gangs were in the area, preying on college students.

The Katz family has asked Scarsdale10583.com to post the story in an effort to warn other students and to encourage Boston University to take measures to protect the student body. In the meantime, Charlie is in bad shape and it will take months for him to recover.

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0 #15 seniorbostonalum 2010-06-10 05:51
Granted this must be dusty news, no doubt long sorted out... but here’s my so-dated-it’s-b eside-the-point 2¢ anyway...

Yes this is a mystery with missing parts; leaving us to speculate for fill-ins.

The first flag of confusion is theft-less which has to suggest the target of another intent. What is an ‘80s themed party’ if not license to wear the wardrobe: as (double) visions of spandex, shoulder pads & mousse (o my) weave home, I see this 2 am portrait of the 2 Coreys dressed like Eddie VanHalen and suspect the street gang wasn’t looking for frat boys or college kids or even caucasians, this couple were victims of some old school gaybashing.

The other flag of confusion is the roommate’s (non)responsive ness: he escapes, makes it to safety, only to (with a bleeding mouth full of broken or lost teeth) GO TO SLEEP? Even if the ‘roommate’ woken up was a third person, why wouldn’t ‘the’ roommate tell him to call in the cavalry and go rescue their roommate before he’s beaten to death; this guy’s either a royal cad or a really good friend taking the hits as deflection...I’ m choosing door number 2 myself.

It’s 2 am in the wake of a party, the start of one of the last weekends of the spring of senior year. Q:What do you think they were doing for the last 5 hours? A:Everything they could. They’re celebrating the end of 4 years work, and after 4 years of dragging their behinds home from previous shindigs in this condition (& surviving) they surely felt confidently familiar with Boston’s late night mean streets, not to mention needing the fresh air.

Much of the credibility focuses on their mutual delayed reaction; even after the fact, the cell left was not used. That should scream a been-there tune (rewind till you find your own use of this tactic) otherwise called classic drug defense 101, AKA: when you’re way too high to handle, at least STALL till you’re coherent enough to cope with whatever ‘authorities’ you have to involve, cause the dead last thing you seek is calling attention to your state in a manner that may lead to any version of a drug test aimed in your direction cause that is the antithesis of HELP for you! Assistance may be needed but the conflict of priorities, that risk of discovery, dictates the delay & trumps logic: we’ve all played this tune!

Can you say EASY PREY? It must have been an added incentive though 6 against 1 would equate with 1 going down in any universe outside a kung-fu film? Easy-prey-wise, it must have FELT like a gang? The impersonal convenience surely felt like a better plot? Perhaps that roommate was merely doing as instructed: leaving private business where it belongs, for maybe the gang was no more than some jilted girl with a bat? or a bookie? or a bolivian marching man? all of whom would know that in a month these students would be gone for good & with it their opportunity? Maybe the real row was between the roommates (plenty of pent-up cause after a year, presently loosened after plenty of inebriants) & what they’re both really protecting is each other? Shame to make it so close to cap & gown only to mar the newly minted resume with records of arrests for assault & battery, illegal substances, or both?

I suspect the missing details will eventually surface, safely down the road ... but that the only people privy to them will be future cocktail party guests sharing war stories of college debauchery; rest assured, this will make for an amusing anecdote!

Meanwhile, there remains this fact: a)serious injuries were incurred, therefore b)serious inquiry should have ensued. They may fall shy as posterboys of perfect victims but victims they were (until proven otherwise) & should have been treated as such. Period.
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0 #14 Black Man 2010-04-30 07:33
Who wrote this article? 1:30 in the morning, youths in hoods, but all of them had to be black? It's time we stop making things racial, and divert the attention to ignorance. I have been through that area, weekly, and those attacks happen to all. Ignorance is color blind. So let's get to the issue, and stop being so quick to label this as racially motivated. Coming from a journalist, that is egging on an issue that could spark tensions racially. Before you say, "yeah, just another black guy", my wife is white, so don't attempt the racial part. As for the attack, as many other times, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Again, people and their ignorance sparked this attack. God speed on your healing. When out,, especially in that area, it's good to travel in grooups of 3-4 if walking, and as a self defense instructor, where a belt with a heavy belt buckle. Makes a good weapon.
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0 #13 future BU parent 2010-04-12 16:27
This is a terrifying incident and I wish Charlie a speedy recovery both physically and psychologically . One part of the story that is unclear is why the police weren't involved immediately. If his roommate ran to safety from the scene why didn't he call the police to go rescue his friend? Why wouldn't they call the police on the way to the hospital or have the hospital make a report? If there were gangs beating up innocent students I would want to let the police know at the very least so that other kids leaving the party wouldn't get hurt. Had Charlie and his roommate had negative experiences with the police in the past, similar to what his parents experienced when they went to report the incident?
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0 #12 josh 2010-04-08 02:01
i'm from scarsdale and live in allston b/c i go to harvard. so far there have been 3 stabbings 2 blocks away from me since november. but i live in a safer area than charlie if only because i'm right off a two main roads. however, i own a crowbar that i used for my totally awesome halloween costume (gordon freeman). it may now come with me when i'm out at night
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0 #11 Dr. Williams 2010-04-07 21:35
what about a description of the suspects and a sketch of them?
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0 #10 Dr. Williams 2010-04-07 21:05
he is lucky he was not killed.
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0 #9 BU alumni 2010-04-07 12:45
Boston is a big city and there has been violence around this provincial city for many years. When I was a freshman at BU (1980) my friend was raped in the Warren Towers parking garage. The school did not provide any support for the woman but they did install on campus security phones. However, in my senior I too lived off campus in Brookline and was followed by 2 guys in a car and chased on foot to my building. I was able to run the short distance to safety (I lived in a doorman building). You can never be too careful. On campus/off campus itcan happen anywhere. Speaking out helps! Charlie-we are all praying for your healing.
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0 #8 CK 2010-04-07 07:36
Actually, "Not so sure" I told them that I was beaten to a bloody pulp until I was unconscious and left on a sidewalk. Thanks for your concern.
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0 #7 Anon 2010-04-07 04:38
Kathryn,

You dont know what your talking about. There is a Gardener road in Allston. It runs parallel to BU West Campus which houses over 800 BU freshman and sophomores. The car probably came form a friend or neighbor. A lot of students at BU have cars.
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0 #6 Another BU Parent 2010-04-07 04:00
My daughter a senior at BU lives off campus in Brookline, it is walking distance to the campus and classes. There was no information about this attack circulated to the students. I also am writing to the president of BU.
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