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BOY SAYS GANG GAVE HIM `LESSER' BEATING

Gang members dragged a student into the bathroom at Clayton Intermediate School Thursday and threatened to beat him badly if he didn't agree to join their group.

The 14-year-old student told police that members of the gang gave him a choice of being beaten "real bad" or joining the gang and then being beaten for 10 seconds, according to a Salt Lake police report. The boy agreed to join the gang.Two boys then beat him in the school bathroom at 1471 S. 1800 East while another gang member timed the beating, the report said.

One of the boys involved in the beating said he had been "jumped in" to the gang a week ago. Thursday he was ordered to do the same to the victim, he said.