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UPDATE: Police say social media led them to gang beating

Everest Metro authorities have recommended five juveniles for charges stemming from a gang initiation.

The Everest Metro Police Department received information on May 10 that a video on Facebook had captured a gang initiation "beat-in." According to police, the video showed a 16 year-old boy allowing several other gang members to beat him up so he could join their gang.

"We received information from a school official about the video that was running viral on Facebook," Captain Clayton Schulz of the Everest Metro Police Department said.

Authorities say three juveniles could now face charges for felony physical abuse of a child, felony criminal gang member solicitation and disorderly conduct.

"It's a gang they kind of made up, it doesn't have any other connections that we know of to a known gang name," Capt. Schulz said.

In addition, police say they recommend that a juvenile girl be charged with disorderly conduct and party to the crime for videotaping the incident.

Police say they also recommend that the boy being beaten in the video be charged with disorderly conduct for allowing the others to beat him up.

Police say the boy was not seriously injured.

Newsline 9 spoke with a woman who says she's a parent of one of the teens involved. She didn't want to go on camera, but she says the incident is blown out of proportion.

We asked police.

"Some people might see it that way but we don't. We take it very seriously and we're not going to tolerate any of that in our community," Capt Schulz responded.

Everest Metro police say they are still looking for a sixth person involved. The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

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