Video footage caught a 14-year-old boy getting knocked out with one punch at a mall for "being gay."
Despite not throwing a punch, the victim, Issaic, has been banned from the Coronado Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico for fighting.
Issaic told KOB Eyewitness News 4 he and his friends began to walk out of the mall after a verbal dispute with a 16-year-old.
“My friends just told me, you know, walk," Issaic said. “Next thing I know, I’m laying out on the floor.”
The incident originated from an online argument between him and a female friend, Issaic told the station. That’s when the 16-year-old began to threaten him. Issaic says he was targeted for being gay.
“Whenever he wanted to fight me he was calling me a queer and everything,” he said. “He just didn’t like me being gay. I’m used to it, but I’m just like, ‘Why would you want to fight someone over that?’”
When Issaic and the 16-year-old accidentally met at the mall on Saturday, a verbal dispute began in which mall security asked them both to leave. That’s when Issaic was punched in the back of the head by the 16-year-old while someone else filmed the entire thing.
The video was later posted online by friends of the older teen.
“He hit me, he posted it, he thought it was funny, and whenever it actually goes viral, then he wants to try to be my friend again,” Issaic said.
Both Issaic and his attacker received the same punishment from the mall: they are banned for one year.
Issaic wants to be allowed back into the Coronado mall saying he didn’t fight but rather attacked.
“It shouldn’t happen, but it did,” he said. “I can’t change it, I mean, it’s life.”
Source: KOB Eyewitness News 4