Well robby, I'm really sorry this happened, but I'm quite surprised at the reaction. my own experiences as a teenager sort of give me a really biased view of secondary school.
Not that I would individually considder any teenager as wrong in themselves, only that the idea of "a really nice school" seems alien to me, ---- indeed when i read harry potter which is supposedly illustrates the realistic thought processes and relationships of teenagers, I have to mentally remind myself that harry and co are! the ages they are, and often find myself slipping into thinking of Hogwarts as a university full of 18-25 year olds, especially in the later books.
So, while I find what you say about the beating shocking and disgusting, ---- albeit not exactly surprising, I'm really pleased to here kids were so shocked about it and actually recognized it was wrong.