Teen Who Landed in ICU After Alleged Hazing Incident Breaks His Silence

A 19-year-old Georgia teen who was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator within the ICU after a horrific alleged hazing incident has spoken out for the primary time for the reason that assault, describing how he “has a protracted street to go in the direction of being totally recovered from the trauma”—whereas promising that “justice might be served.”

Trent Lehrkamp was dumped in entrance of the ER after being brutally abused by a gaggle of his friends on Tuesday night time. The teenager thought he was going to have a “informal night time” with pals, in accordance with a GoFundMe set as much as assist out with the teenager’s medical bills.

As a substitute, he was coated in spray paint and different substances at a home get together, in accordance with the Each day Mail, and had 23 instances the authorized quantity of alcohol in his system when he was dropped off on the ER. He was apparently deemed “inconclusive to life,” in accordance with reviews. The teenager was placed on a ventilator however was ultimately capable of breathe on his personal, and is now in restoration.

Photographs from the get together that started to unfold on social media seem to point out Lehrkamp unconscious in a chair, surrounded by teenagers and coated in an unknown liquid.

“Trent wouldn’t know till it was too late that these weren’t pals, however vile and abusive perpetrators who would go on to torture, humiliate, and assault him in inhumane, terrifying methods for hours,” his GoFundMe web page says.

Based on the most recent replace on the web page, the household has confirmed Lehrkamp is settling in at an out of state facility the place he might be “receiving the very best care doable — mentally, bodily, medically, and emotionally,” organizer Erika Kelly wrote in a Sunday replace. “He might be receiving a complete physique restoration for so long as he wants.”

Kelly despatched a message from Lehrkamp, saying “he desires everybody to know he’s grateful for the nicely needs, the love and help that you just all have proven to him. He desires you all to know he’s alive and nicely however has a protracted street to go in the direction of being totally recovered from the trauma.

“He’s hopeful that by way of the help he’s going to obtain over the subsequent few months, that he could also be again to normalcy. And he states, ‘Justice might be served.’”

Kelly shared pictures from the household which they are saying “present real happiness from Trent as he’s reunited and spending time together with his household.”

The message echoes an audio message despatched to WSAV’s Brett Buffington, the place Lehrkamp states: “Simply realize it’s going to be a very long time for me to recover from this, by way of the trauma.”

Based on the WSAV report, the household notes that’s is as much as the teenager to determine “if he needed the police concerned.” The report additionally notes Lehrkamp isn’t on the autism spectrum, after incorrect on-line reviews surfaced.

The Glynn County Police Division stated final week it was conscious of these accountable, with investigators interviewing the concerned events and people who had been recognized by cellphone proof. No fees have but been laid.