5 charged in attack on Bed-Stuy student

(AP) - Five Brooklyn high school students have beencharged with attacking another student with a padlock inside asock.The 17-year-old victim, Shacara McLaurin, told the Daily

NEW YORK - (AP) - Five Brooklyn high school students have beencharged with attacking another student with a padlock inside asock.

The 17-year-old victim, Shacara McLaurin, told the Daily Newsthat she wasn't able to open her jaw after the April 1 attack.

She told the paper that one of the girls wanted to hurt herbecause she sang better than her. They were competing in a talentshow at the Brooklyn Academy and Bedford-Stuyvesant PreparatorySchool. The show, planned for Friday, was canceled.

The News says the five students have been charged with assault,menacing, weapons possession and harassment. They were releasedwithout bail.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the principal wasunaware of the attack until hearing from McLaurin's mother. Shesaid the DOE was looking into the incident.

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