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A group of Huntsville high school students and recent graduates say they were attacked, beaten and threatened with rape on a weekend float trip down a north Alabama river.
Collins Nelson, 18, of Huntsville and several other students met reporters at his attorney’s office Tuesday. Attorney Will League said Nelson, who graduated this year from Huntsville High School, suffered a broken nose and a broken eye socket that will require surgery. He is suing for damages and will seek felony arrest warrants against his alleged attackers, League said.
Nelson said he and his friends were out Sunday on the Flint River, a popular kayaking and canoeing destination in eastern Madison County. A girl with the group said there were nine boys and five girls in their party. The group had beer in their coolers but were not drunk, Nelson said.
Nelson said a man paddling behind them was heckling the group and calling him a “sissy boy.” The teens said they responded, calling the man the same thing, but then decided to try to get away after the man threatened one of the girls with rape and said he and his friends would see them downriver.
“We proceed to go down the river a little more and hear his friends running through the woods telling us just to be ready,” Nelson said.
When they got to a bank with sand bars, the other group ran into the water, Nelson said, “and it was just chaos from there, flipping our kayaks, flipped my kayak, some man put me in a headlock and proceeded to beat my face.”
A group of Huntsville high school students and graduates say they were attacked, beaten and threatened with rape on a float trip down a popular river.