Five teens charged in videotaped beating at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

A fifth teenager who surrendered to police in Florida on Monday was charged in connection with a brutal beating videotaped near the scene of a deadly 2018 school shooting, officials said.

Jahmeer Beauziel, 17, turned himself in and was charged with felony battery in the attack just outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Four other teenagers, Caleb Hensley, 17; Sylvester Hicks Jr., 16; Chinua Leefatt, 15; and Jordan Thompson, 16, were arrested last week and charged with the same offense, authorities said. All except Leefatt are students at the school.

The four appeared in court Friday and were released to the custody of their parents and guardians. Beauziel was expected in court Tuesday.

The victim, 18, was slammed to the pavement and beaten Dec. 12 at North Community Park, which serves as an overflow parking lot for students at the school, where 17 students, teachers and staff members were killed by a gunman Feb. 14, 2018. The gunman is serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Detectives are seeking a sixth suspect in the beating and are trying to determine a motive for the attack on the 18-year-old victim.

“It was an argument that started in school and unfortunately that led to this event,” Coral Springs Police Sgt. Ernesto Bruna said Tuesday.  “But we do not exactly know the motive.”

Police declined to provide details about the victim’s injuries, citing medical privacy laws.

“They were serious injuries but not life threatening,” Bruna said.

Parents and guardians for Beauziel, Hensley, Hicks and Leefatt could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A woman who answered the phone at Thompson’s home said the family would not comment.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Michelle Kefford called the beating “upsetting.”

“We are also doing everything we can through District processes to ensure these students do not return to our campus,” Kefford said in a statement to parents. “We understand how upsetting this has been for those involved, our school family, and our entire community.”