Brian Ogle, a 17-year-old high school student from Sylacuga, Alabama, was found beaten and bleeding from the head after a homecoming football game. According to witnesses, Ogle was hanging with friends at a parking lot behind a hardware store when he was approached by a group of people.
These same witnesses told police that the cause of the attack was because of a post on Facebook Brian wrote about Black Lives Matter protests. The real cause of the attack hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we know that Brian is in critical condition. He was airlifted to UAB Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken skull and brain damage.
Here’s a statement from Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson:
“There are many rumors afloat on social media that this incident may be stemming from an incident at SHS. This is at this time only rumors. It is however a part of the investigation. SPD is asking that the community allow us to do our jobs and not jump to conclusions about why this incident happened. SPD is praying for the victim and his family and also for our Community. I believe I speak for everybody when I say “the violence needs to stop, whether it is from the incident at the high school or for any other reason [source].”
Ogle’s mother, Brandi Allen, said that he had been receiving death threats at school following his Facebook post. She continued to say that he took those threats to the principal’s office, but that nothing was done.
“Instead of us planning for his 18th birthday, we’re here. Why? Because he made a statement that he backs the blue? I’m still trying to understand how someone, no matter the color of their skin, can do this to another human being,” Allen said.
Who Is Brian Ogle?
Brian Ogle is a 17-year-old high school student at Sylacauga High School.
According to witnesses, Ogle was attacked by a group of black kids while he was with his friends at a parking lot behind a hardware store. Some witnesses say that the number was between 9 and 60 (which is a pretty big disparity). As far as the reason for the attack, Ogle’s mother feels like it’s because some of the content that Ogle’s been sharing on his Facebook page, much of which is still public. Although there’s absolutely nothing that would actually be described as inciting violence, it’s clear that Brian Ogle isn’t the biggest fan of BLM Protestors.
He’d been receiving some anonymous threats from students, which he tried to warn his professor about.