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Hamden High School student arrested for playing 'knockout game'


A Hamden High School student has become a victim of a brutal trend known as the "knockout game."

A male senior was walking in the halls of Hamden High School on Friday when police said a student "ran toward him and punched him under the eye."

Because of the assault, the senior suffered an eye injury. The victim's injuries are not life-threatening.

The senior told police that he did not know who had hit him and never talked with him. However, a short time later, the high school resource officer located the alleged suspect.

He told the high school resource officer "it's a game he and his friends play."

The 15-year-old student was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. He is expected to appear in juvenile court in New Haven on Dec. 9.

In the "Knockout Game," an unsuspecting person is attacked for no apparent reason. Police said that the suspects are not robbing the victims, with the most common being the elderly and women.

"Disgusting, I don't see the fun in it, or the point of it," said Susan Mappa, who is a mother of Hamden High School student.

Violent episodes are playing out randomly across the streets of America including six victims in New Haven.

"You wanna play the game, then you're going to pay for it," Mappa said.

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