Authorities say a 17-year-old Chenango Forks High School student has been arrested in a vicious beating on a younger student.

The incident at the school on Gordon Drive in Chenango Bridge was reported to the Broome County Sheriff's Office on February 7.

The attack happened in a school bathroom before classes began.

According to the sheriff's office, the suspect was expelled by the school. He was charged with third-degree assault.

Other students recorded the beating on cell phones. The school is said to have disciplined all the students who were in the bathroom at the time of the attack.

The 15-year-old boy who was beaten sustained broken bones and bruises. He reportedly was taken to a Syracuse hospital for treatment.

According to the sheriff's office, the incident is believed to have stemmed from stolen marijuana. Although the younger student was blamed for taking it, investigators don't believe he was responsible.

Chenango Forks school superintendent Thomas Burkhardt could not be reached for comment about the attack or the actions taken by the district following the incident.

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