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May 18, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The boy was a psychological prisoner of war held captive by his own classmates. And it happened in a country considered so safe that 6-year-olds routinely take the subway to school alone. The 15-year-old victim, repeatedly tortured with burning cigarettes and beaten so badly that he was hospitalized twice, wound up forking over half a million dollars to his teenage tormentors to keep them at bay.
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May 18, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The boy was a psychological prisoner of war held captive by his own classmates. And it happened in a country considered so safe that 6-year-olds routinely take the subway to school alone. The 15-year-old victim, repeatedly tortured with burning cigarettes and beaten so badly that he was hospitalized twice, wound up forking over half a million dollars to his teenage tormentors to keep them at bay.
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