Justice for Coran: Twitter Attempts to Raise Awareness for a Mentally Challenged Man Who was Beaten (+YouTube Video)

September 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Justice for Coran trend is to raise awareness of a mentally handicapped man getting beat up by a group of teenagers.

A video spreading around YouTube show the man, Coran, being beat up by some teenagers.

“Harmless man, doesn’t know any better, mentally challenged and over 20 years old getting bullied by teens,” said one Twitter user who shared some of the images from the video.

“This is the world we live in, bullying a mentally challenged person is funny to them but if it was their brother they wouldn’t do that.”

A user also shared the video on YouTube showing a group of teenagers beating up on a man that has been identified as Coran.

[Warning–video includes graphic imagery and language]

“YouTube deleted the original video so I did what I can do. This [expletive] is so [expletive] up. Wake up, this is the world we live in. And when you grow up and have children, it will only be worse,” the user said.

Users on Twitter were sharing the video and images from the video to try to raise awareness about what happened.

“Just watched the videos of that mentally challenged man getting beat up and I cannot stop crying, worst thing I’ve seen,” said one, using the hashtag #justiceforcoran.”

“You’re the scum of the earth if you bully people with disabilities,” said another.

“I would love to get my hands on those kids,” said yet another.

Angeliz Marrero, a 16-year-old student at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, told NBC that she was one of the people to repost the video with the hashtag #TheBullyProject.

She said Coran is a 27-year-old man who suffers from Williams Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.

“He loves music and is very kind and is completely harmless,” Marrero said. “He loves to be out of the house just being active walking around.”

She said the attacks took place at the Harbor Club Apartment complex on Cheswold Boulevard in Newark, Delaware, and in a wooded area behind the YMCA of Newark, Delaware. Marrero also says the teens shown in the video are between the ages of 14 and 15 and attend Delaware area high schools and middle schools.

Police are investigating.

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