A video depicting an assault on a teenager in Erie County, New York, is being investigated by police.
The video, which was being spread on social media, depicted the teenager being beaten and thrown out of a window.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that while some of the information spreading with the video was false, the victim had "sustained an injury" and an investigation was ongoing.
Police in upstate New York said they're investigating a video being spread on social media depicting an assault on a teenage boy.
Insider reviewed a screen-recording of a Snapchat video that appeared to depict the young man being beaten and then thrown out of a window. At one point in the disturbing clip, others in the room stomp on the victim. After the others appear to throw the victim out of a window, the victim is shown covered in dirt and blood.
The video was posted on Facebook by a local newsgathering page called Niagara Action. On Twitter, Insider found a screen-recording of a TikTok that appeared to include footage from the incident. The video was deleted from TikTok as of Friday.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post on Thursday that it had begun an investigation into the video, which police said was filmed in the town of Clarence on December 12. The office cautioned citizens that some of the information being shared about the incident on social media appeared to be false, but confirmed that the victim "sustained an injury, sought medical treatment, and was released."
An Erie County Sheriff's Office public information officer declined to comment on the active investigation.
A resident of Buffalo, which is in Erie County, started a Change.org petition on Tuesday to help the man in the video "get the justice he deserves." As of Friday afternoon, the petition had garnered more than 30,000 signatures.
The victim in the video was a student at Clarence High School, according to a message the school's principal shared on the school's internal communication platform that was obtained by WKBW Buffalo, an ABC News affiliate outlet. Clarence High School did not immediately respond to a voicemail message.
Like the police, Kenneth Smith, the principal, warned students that misinformation related to the case appeared to be spreading. "Remember that there are often changes to a story as it spreads," he wrote in a post on Schoology. "Be aware of misinformation and be cautious about the information you digest."
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